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Lancaster Bomber

northernneilnorthernneil Posts: 1,549
edited September 2010 in The bottom bracket
anyone see on in the Yorkshire Dales today ? Around Lunch time, I got a picture but not 100% if it was a Lancaster ?!?!?!

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  • post the picture then?
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  • andy162andy162 Posts: 634
    Saw the Vulcan instead. Think it may have been heading to Elvington. It did a few circuits then flew in the direction of York/Selby.
  • I saw it over Oakworth at about 1:45 this aft. It was definitely a Lancaster - I got a good look at it as it was quite low in the sky.
  • I saw one heading south in the Scottish Borders some time after 12. I think it would have been at the Leuchars Air Show. I reckon it was probably the same one heading back to base.
  • There is only one flying Lancaster in the UK. there is another in Canada which is flyable but they dont fly it ;)

    Our Lanc. is part of the RAF battle of Britain memorial flight
  • I was cycling up Potter Fell Road and saw something looking like a Lancaster fly south over Kendal probably just after 1pm.

    It flew directly overhead.
  • softladsoftlad Posts: 3,513
    Dunk_911 wrote:

    Our Lanc. is part of the RAF battle of Britain memorial flight

    never really understood why that is - seeing as the Battle of Britain was 1940 and the Lanc didn't even make its first flight until 1941....
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 61,010 Lives Here
    softlad wrote:
    Dunk_911 wrote:

    Our Lanc. is part of the RAF battle of Britain memorial flight

    never really understood why that is - seeing as the Battle of Britain was 1940 and the Lanc didn't even make its first flight until 1941....

    More planes look more impressive.

    If it's part of the collective 'memory', why mess with it?
  • Aye - it flew over Calderdale this afternoon. Low :D

    A very stirring sight.
  • bill57bill57 Posts: 454
    softlad wrote:
    never really understood why that is - seeing as the Battle of Britain was 1940 and the Lanc didn't even make its first flight until 1941....
    It's not that hard to work out, try Google?
    "The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is the RAF's tribute to the aviators of WWII"
  • softladsoftlad Posts: 3,513
    bill57 wrote:
    softlad wrote:
    never really understood why that is - seeing as the Battle of Britain was 1940 and the Lanc didn't even make its first flight until 1941....
    It's not that hard to work out, try Google?
    "The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is the RAF's tribute to the aviators of WWII"

    Yes, I managed to grasp that already thanks. I suppose my contention is that the flight should really be called the 'WW2 memorial flight' or similar, given that the Lanc played no part whatsoever in the 'Battle of Britain' and that the current name offers no apparent credit to the many thousands of other WW2 UK aviators who took no part in the four-month campaign in 1940.
  • According to Mr B who is a bit of an aviation nutter this Lanc was surplus in 1945 and never flew during WW2. It was then sold to the French and ended up in Noumea.When it was bought back by the UK government it was flown to Brisbane for refurbishment by Hawker De Havilland and then back to UK. Not sure if it flew back or went by ship. There is an ex RAAF Lanc 'G for George ' in the Australian war Museum. Flew back to Australia in 1944 to sell war bonds after completing its missions over Europe.Very interesting display in a darkened room with flashing searchlights to simulate what it was like on a night raid.
  • A eurofighter went over my old house last year really low and slow then shot off what seemed vertical at unbelieveable speed! never seen anything like that!
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  • softladsoftlad Posts: 3,513
    blueheeler wrote:
    According to Mr B who is a bit of an aviation nutter this Lanc was surplus in 1945 and never flew during WW2. It was then sold to the French and ended up in Noumea.When it was bought back by the UK government it was flown to Brisbane for refurbishment by Hawker De Havilland and then back to UK. Not sure if it flew back or went by ship. There is an ex RAAF Lanc 'G for George ' in the Australian war Museum. Flew back to Australia in 1944 to sell war bonds after completing its missions over Europe.Very interesting display in a darkened room with flashing searchlights to simulate what it was like on a night raid.

    it would be nice to see a Halifax, Sterling or a Wellington flying again, but I doubt if we ever will. Those types saw the same - if not more - service than the Lanc and at least the Wellington would be more in keeping with the 'Battle of Britain' theme, seeing as it actually had a major role in the eventual outcome of the battle itself....
  • I saw one of those WW2 bombers fly over London, I think it was for the Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002. The deep, throaty engine sound is amazing, nothing like the noise of a modern jet. My great uncle captained bombers on raids over Germany in WW2... One night after a raid they were lost. The navigator decided that they should head in one direction but he, as captain, overuled the navigator to take them in the opposite direction. If they had followed the navigator they would have run out of fuel and gone down over Germany somewhere. The crew always claimed he saved their lives. He was a nice uncle.... Kinda lost his marbles a bit towards the end though...
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  • BigG67BigG67 Posts: 582
    I think it was coming back from Leuchars - I went with the kids on Sat - it was flying there as was the Vulcan.

    Have to say that both were rather impressive.
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