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The History.

The Avro Lancaster is one of the most Iconic planes of WWII. Designed by Roy Chadwick, it was powered by 4 Rolls- Royce Merlin engines which gave it the ability to carry over 5 tonnes of bombs.

The Avro Lancaster was modified in during WWII to carry a new type of ‘bouncing’ bomb designed by Barnes Wallis.  It was commissioned for a daring night-time mission called  ‘Operation Chastise’ (otherwise known as ‘The Dambuster Raid’).    The secret mission was to destroy dams in the heart of Nazi Germany and despite sustaining heavy loss of life two dams were successfully breached, causing catastrophic flooding and widespread destruction.  Germany was forced to divert resources and troops from the front line to go and repair the damage.

Operation CHASTISE: the attack on the Moehne, Eder and Sorpe Dams by No. 617 Squadron RAF on the night of 16/17 May 1943. A practice 10.000 lbs ‘Upkeep’ weapon attached to the bomb bay of Wing Commander Guy Gibson’s Avro Type 464 (Provisioning) Lancaster, ED932/G ‘AJ-G’, at Manston, Kent, while conducting dropping trials off Reculver. Source: IWM HU 69915

See a Piece of British History.

2018 marks the 75th anniversary of The Dambuster Raids, and the U.K is honoured to play host to a variety of appearances from this iconic piece of British history.

Here is a small selection of places you can see the Avro Lancaster during 2018:

  1. Wednesday May 16th – Marking 100 years of the RAF and also 75 years since the Dambuster Raid. Fly over will be at the Peak District. Taking off from RAF Scampton the plane will fly over the Derwent Valley.
  2. Sunday May 6th Shuttleworth, Old Warden. The Avro Lancaster will be starring alongside a variety of other aircraft including its WWII counterpart the Supermarine Spitfire
  3. Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd of June, Torbay Airshow. You can see the Avro Lancaster as part of the epic Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
  4. Sunday June 10th, as part of the World at War display at RAF Cosford the Avro Lancaster from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will accompany other planes including the Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane IIC as well as an epic display from the world renowned RAF Red Arrows
  5. Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th of June as part of the Haven Great Yarmouth Air Show, the Avro Lancaster will be appearing along with the Tigers Army Parachute Team, the Vampire Jets and The Bremont Great War Display Team

With many more celebrations happening across the U.K to celebrate 100 years of The British Royal Air Force it is set to be an epic year of Air Displays.  To find out more about your nearest display head to: The Royal Air Force Displays