Lancaster Bomber to complete spectacular once-in-a-lifetime 100-feet high flypast at Manchester Airport
DATE: Sunday 16th May 2010
TIME: Due approx 16:25 hrs – recommend to be onsite from at least 16:00 hrs
VENUE: The Aviation Viewing Park, Louis Paulhan Way, Altrincham, WA15 8XQ
Visitors to Manchester Airport’s Aviation Viewing Park will be treated to an exclusive 100-feet high fly past of one of only two airworthy World War Two Lancaster Bombers left in the world – the only other being located in Canada.
The AVRO Lancaster and fellow WW2 legends, a Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane, will visit the region on Sunday 16th May to commemorate the centenary of the founding of A.V. Roe & Company Ltd in Manchester.
The planes will thunder East to West just 100-feet above the runway at Manchester Airport before completing an aerial circuit of historic AVRO-related sites in Greater Manchester, including Trafford Park, Manchester Town Hall, Ancoats and Middleton. The aircraft will fly at 1000 feet for the duration of the visit, with the only exception being at Manchester Airport where they have special clearance to fly at just 100-feet off the ground to give spectators in the Viewing Park a once in a lifetime sight.
The World War Two aircraft was designed and produced in Manchester, with early Lancaster bombers test-flown at Manchester Airport when it was known as Ringway.
There will also be live aircraft commentary via a Public Address system and a host of additional family activities including a bouncy castle; a free “make and take” Airfix model-making session and tours of retired supersonic airliner, Concorde, which is permanently based at the Viewing Park.
The Aviation Viewing Park is located next to Manchester Airport’s runways on Louis Paulhan Way near Junction 6 of the M56 motorway. At the Junction 6 exit roundabout follow the signs for Wilmslow, then after a very short distance turn left onto the road signposted for The Aviation Viewing Park and Concorde
The fly past is weather permitting and subject to operational constraints. The timings are approximate and may alter slightly due to the direction of the wind.