The Canadian Lancaster RCAF FM213 will be flying on four days of Airbourne, organisers have confirmed.
The WWII Canadian warplane will be flying to the UK for a tour this summer and will fly its first display with the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial flight at the Eastbourne airshow from August 14-17.
The Canadian Lancaster is one of two remaining flying Lancaster aircraft and the display will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see two Lancaster aircraft flying together for the first time in 50 years, with the first UK and European displays scheduled to take place on August 14 and again on 15th 16th and 17th during Airbourne.
The aircraft is being flown the 3,500 mile North Atlantic crossing from August 4 and will include en-route stops at Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada, Narsarsuaq, Greenland, and Keflavik, Iceland, prior to arriving at the BBMF base at RAF Coningsby.
Shortly after arriving, the Lancaster will undergo a scheduled maintenance inspection and then the Canadian crews will complete a short training programme with the BBMF and will then display at Eastbourne first before heading to other UK airshows.
All displays will fly as part of the Battle of Britain memorial flight, always popular amongst visitors.
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum President and CEO, Sqn Ldr (Ret.) David G. Rohrer CD, also a current Lancaster pilot, said that since announcing the trip to England they have been ‘overwhelmed with requests to have our Lancaster fly with the BBMF at many Air Displays.” Rohrer often refers to this trip as a “Once in a ‘Lanc’ Time” event as it will not happen again. He indicated that “the sight of two Lancasters flying together is sure to be thrilling, memorable and emotional, evoking memories of the 55,000 members of Bomber Command who were lost during World War II; a figure that includes more than 10,000 Canadians.”