A very rare pair

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.

One Response to A very rare pair

  1. jetcal1 12 August, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

    That has a to be a sound to hear in a formation flight. Maybe an extra Mosquito or two with a brace of Spitfires. What a recording that would make.

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