Historic aircraft at last Duxford flying show of the season

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The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Avro Lancaster Mk X will fly in tandem with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Avro Lancaster at The Duxford Air Show on Sunday, September; 14.

Probably the most famous Allied bomber of the Second World War, the Avro Lancaster had impressive flying characteristics and operational performance.

Thousands of Canadian airmen and ground crew served with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and Royal Air Force (RAF) Lancaster squadrons in England during the Second World War.

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Lancaster Mk X served as a maritime patrol aircraft with No.405 Squadron, Greenwood, Nova Scotia and No.107 Rescue Unit, Torbay, Newfoundland for many years. The aircraft was retired in late 1963.

Flying in tandem with the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Lancaster is the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Avro Lancaster PA474, the only other remaining airworthy Lancaster in the world today.

The Lancaster is currently painted to represent Lancaster DV385 Thumper Mk III of No.617 Squadron, famously known as The Dambusters.

Also from the Avro stable of aircraft, Vulcan XH558, operated by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, will fly at The Duxford Air Show on Saturday, September 13.

XH588 was the first Vulcan B Mark 2 to be delivered to the RAF and was the last Vulcan to leave RAF service after a sterling 33 years in service. It is now the oldest complete Vulcan in the world.

B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B is well-known and loved by visitors to IWM Duxford. The UK’s last remaining airworthy B-17, the aircraft is a flying memorial to the 79,000 Allied airmen who lost their lives in Europe during the Second World War.

Built as Boeing B-17G-105-VE c/n 8693, the future Sally B was one of the last B-17s to be constructed by the Lockheed-Vega plant at Burbank, California.

Accepted by the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) on June 19, 1945 it was too late to see service in the Second World War.

Air show tickets and hospitality passes can be purchased online at iwm.org.uk