Best places to spot two Lancasters in the air for free?

Discussion in 'WW2 Museums. Events, & places to see.' started by von Poop, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic

    Any idea when the Lancasters will be leaving Waddington and arriving Marham on Thursday?
     
  2. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    Spotted the Lancs and Spits yesterday whilst gardening, at about 800 feet flying down the Ashbourne Valley to the sea.
    Up at Boreham Street today and again they flew down the valley, lovely sight.
    I doubt they realise it but their flight path takes them over the crash site of a 304 Sqdn Wellington R1392 on the night of 28/29 May 1941.

    Might have a pint at the White Hart and watch them tomorrow, earlier, at 1 o'clock.
     
  3. Capt Bill

    Capt Bill wanderin off at a tangent

  4. South

    South Member

    They will be flying over my house at approx 1715 today, think I'll be camping out from mid day just to make sure I don't miss it ;)
     
  5. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    BBMF have cancelled flying today. Although there's still a possibly of doing Sywell.
     
  6. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    The cancellation may be due to cross winds.Apparently the operational code of practice is that the BBMF Lancaster is not flown if cross winds are in excess of 16 knots.

    Just checked according to BBC weather reports,Coningsby has a predicted 21 mph wind blowing today....looks to be favourable from Monday to Thursday.
     
  7. South

    South Member

    What a shame - I'll have to try and see them elsewhere!
     
  8. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    Yep, no sign of 'em at Eastbourne - yet!
     
  9. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    From the Vulcan's Friendface feed. An Avro triple flight plan for tomorrow:
     

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  10. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Couple of hours ago, I saw two Lancaster bombers, a Vulcan and a Spitfire fly right over me.
    Legs a little wobbly and came over a bit peculiar.
    Genuine tear in the eye.
     
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  11. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    That's it, go on, you just keep telling everyone what you saw, I'm not bothered in the slightest.
     
  12. hucks216

    hucks216 Member

    Here are a handful of shots of those aircraft taken at the Clacton Air Show this afternoon...

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  13. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Aircraft photography is not my thing, and to be honest I intentionally took the camera off my face at the best moment as I wanted to enjoy the experience.
    Nice feeling as you go through Coningsby village, as many houses & businesses decked with Maple Leafs & Union Jacks.

    A not unpleasant hour spent watching Typhoons & Tornados mucking about:
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    What really gets me...

    Avro Lancaster
    First flight 9 January 1941
    Introduction February 1942
    Retired 1963 (Canada)

    Avro Vulcan.
    First flight 30 August 1952
    Introduction 20 July 1956
    Retired March 1984

    ...Is that the two designs first flew only 11 years apart.
    I find that mind boggling.

    (One small and possibly shameful admission, is that it might have been nice to see the Lancs without the Vulcan, just to hear those eight Merlins more clearly.)

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  14. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    Watched the Canadian Vera take off at Kirmington on Tuesday afternoon,she was up about a third down the runway and did a turn to the right and apparently was off to do a pass over Cleethorpes.

    Thought the Merlin tone was a little different from PA 474..will have to check what Merlins Vera is powered with..
     
  15. canuck

    canuck Closed Account

    The Vera Lancaster was built by Victory Aircraft in Malton, Ontario in 1945. It now has 4 Packard Merlin 224 engines whcih were all recently overhauled.
     
  16. Wills

    Wills Very Senior Member

  17. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    Canuck.

    The Vera Lancaster was built by Victory Aircraft in Malton, Ontario in 1945. It now has 4 Packard Merlin 224 engines whcih were all recently overhauled.
    Watched the Canadian Vera take off at Kirmington on Tuesday afternoon,she was up about a third down the runway and did a turn to the right and apparently was off to do a pass over Cleethorpes.

    Thought the Merlin tone was a little different from PA 474..will have to check what Merlins Vera is powered with..

    Thanks for the information.Just checked the original engine equipment of the 430 Victory manufactured aircraft.(KB and FM series)

    Of the KB series from KB 700-KB 999,a total of 300 Lancasters...all delivered between September 1943 and April 1945,the first 75 had the Merlin 38 fitted.The rest had the Merlin 224 fitted which includes the FM series of FM 100-FM 299,of which 130 were built and delivered beween April 1945 and August 1945.

    So it would appear that FM 213 has its original engine type fitted,ie,the 224.

    The original equipment for PA 474 apparently was the Merlin 24,ie within the XX series.But now is equipped with the Merlin 25,225 and 500 engines.

    (Cannot understand how the "quote" has appeared as it has.)
     
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  18. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

  19. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    At the moment there is apparently no best place to spot two Lancs together as the Canadian one is grounded with engine trouble.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-28981916

    I suppose the Canadians will pretty soon realise that we never intended to let it fly back... ;)
     
  20. gpo son

    gpo son Senior Member

    LMAO but dont count the Canucks out yet...we can 'frigure' anything out... If all else fails we will send in Red Green
    Matt
     

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