Giants Reunited: The Last Two Flying Lancasters Grace a British Airfield, Captivating History Enthusiasts
It is a sight to bring a lump to the throat of even the most battle-hardened veteran.
The world’s only two airworthy Lancaster bombers are united on a windswept airfield for what will probably be the last time.
For Vera – an Avro Lancaster Mk X bomber with the registration VR-A – it is part of an epic 3,700-mile journey from her base in Canada to RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.
She joined the other aircraft, operated by the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, to go on a tour of air shows across the UK.
The Mail on Sunday launched a competition last week for a once- in-a-lifetime flight in the Canadian plane, and has been inundated with more than 11,700 entries.
Readers have until midnight tonight for their chance to win this remarkable prize.
Unlike aircraft enthusiast Matthew Munson, from Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, who bid £43,000 on eBay for the privilege of flying in the bomber, our reader will be able to do it for free.
The Avro Lancaster Bomber, owned by the Canadian Warplane Heritage, landed solo at RAF Coningsby after a fierce thunder and lightning storm grounded the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
See the panel below for details and how to enter.
Leon Evans, chief pilot for the Canadian Lancaster’s historic trip, said: ‘We haven’t had two Lancasters fly together in a display before and it’s pretty unlikely it’ll happen again because these airplanes might run out of airtime.
‘Vera’s getting older and already has about 4,500 hours on her.
‘It’s a thrill and an honour to be doing this. I’m sure it’ll be very emotional for everyone.’