Lancaster bombers fly over Harlow

History / Mon 18th Aug 2014 at 05:23pm

THE last two flying Lancaster bombers flew over North Weald Airfield twice on their way to public displays.

As part of the transits between displays, the two Lancasters have flown over the Airfield twice so far. One of the Lancaster bombers, named Vera, is visiting the UK from Canada. The other named Thumper, is based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, where both are currently based as part of The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (RAFBBMF).

The Lancaster crew phoned North Weald Airfield beforehand both times and the operations team were able to alert people on social media to witness this unique pair.

The first flypast on Thursday 14 August had to dodge some thunderstorms in the vicinity. The second on Saturday 16 August had perfect conditions and moody evening light as the 2 aircraft flew to Old Warden for a Flying Proms display before returning to RAF Coningsby.

The Memorial Flight was based at RAF North Weald from February to May 1958 just before the Airfield closed and close links with them have been retained. It was a marvellous opportunity to see these 2 iconic aircraft flying together.

A RAFBBMF Spitfire and Hurricane will be displaying at the North Weald Airfield Community Day on Sunday 7 September at 3pm, which this year is called ‘Wings over Europe, Remembering D-Day‘ .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mydfSh3iIR8&list=PLCFE7904164CF5F83 Lancaster Bombers

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