Good news if you’re planning on visiting one of the UK’s air shows over the next few weeks, as the eagerly-awaited arrival of a Canadian aircraft nicknamed “Vera” means we’ll be getting the chance to see two Avro Lancasters in the air at the same time.
The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s aircraft – a Mk X example – touched down at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire on 8 August, where it lined up alongside the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s “City of Lincoln” (Crown Copyright image below).
The Canadian crew had to contend with crossing “rather a lot of water, [and] dodging quite a few thunderstorms”, but thankfully no Messerschmitts, notes Air Vice-Marshal Stuart Atha, Air Officer Commanding the RAF’s 1 Group.
The pair are the only remaining flightworthy Lancasters in the world, from a production run of 7,377 of the type.
The RAF says the duo are expected to “please crowds at 60 venues across the UK” during the Canadian aircraft’s visit.