World's only two airworthy Lancasters to take to the skies together at Bournemouth Air Festival

Bournemouth Echo: Historic flight confirmed for Bournemouth Air Festival as two Lancasters to fly together Historic flight confirmed for Bournemouth Air Festival as two Lancasters to fly together

THE Bournemouth Air Festival is to be boosted this year with the appearance of a second historic Lancaster.

It means that the world’s only two airworthy Lancasters will fly together for the first – and probably last – time.

They will take centre stage on the Saturday and Sunday of the festival, which takes place between August 28-31.

The second Lancaster is from Canada and flown by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM).

Museum enthusiasts will fly their Avro Lancaster from Hamilton, Ontario, on August 4 with plans to arrive in England on August 8.

The North Atlantic crossing will include en-route stops at Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada, Narsarsuaq, Greenland, and Keflavik in Iceland, before arriving in the UK.

Jon Weaver, air festival director, said: “I am delighted to confirm we'll be hosting the Canadian Lancaster and her display team this summer.

“This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the world’s only two airworthy Lancasters take to the skies together.

“The aircraft is guaranteed for the weekend and we hope to raise funds for Thursday and Friday, to give everyone a chance to see this unique sight – if anyone is interested is supporting us, please get in touch.”

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum President and CEO, Squadron Leader (Ret.) David G. Rohrer C.D. who is a current Lancaster pilot, added: “This is a special salute to all the veterans of Bomber Command.

“On behalf of the team and all involved we are really looking forward to displaying for the Bournemouth Air Festival.”

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1:16pm Wed 7 May 14

burgerboy says...

Brilliant news!
Makes up for the no show Vulcan.
By the way what happened to the money that was collected last year to get the Vulcan to appear ?
Brilliant news! Makes up for the no show Vulcan. By the way what happened to the money that was collected last year to get the Vulcan to appear ? burgerboy
  • Score: 11

2:49pm Wed 7 May 14

speedy231278 says...

burgerboy wrote:
Brilliant news!
Makes up for the no show Vulcan.
By the way what happened to the money that was collected last year to get the Vulcan to appear ?
As far as I know, it will be used for when it appears this year (subject to availability).
[quote][p][bold]burgerboy[/bold] wrote: Brilliant news! Makes up for the no show Vulcan. By the way what happened to the money that was collected last year to get the Vulcan to appear ?[/p][/quote]As far as I know, it will be used for when it appears this year (subject to availability). speedy231278
  • Score: 10

2:55pm Wed 7 May 14

M0Z says...

Fantastic. Love the airshow. Hopefully this might draw in additional rare stuff as well.
Fantastic. Love the airshow. Hopefully this might draw in additional rare stuff as well. M0Z
  • Score: 15

4:16pm Wed 7 May 14

speedy231278 says...

That will all depend on the organisers' willingness to pay for anything! ;-)
That will all depend on the organisers' willingness to pay for anything! ;-) speedy231278
  • Score: 5

4:58pm Wed 7 May 14

Upkeep says...

What a sight this will be. Really looking forward to this.
What a sight this will be. Really looking forward to this. Upkeep
  • Score: 11

5:06pm Wed 7 May 14

billy bumble says...

Got to see this!!!!
Got to see this!!!! billy bumble
  • Score: 10

6:46pm Wed 7 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

I was hoping for 3 but 2 will have to do
I was hoping for 3 but 2 will have to do Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -10

7:48pm Wed 7 May 14

blackrose1 says...

burgerboy wrote:
Brilliant news!
Makes up for the no show Vulcan.
By the way what happened to the money that was collected last year to get the Vulcan to appear ?
The money raised last year will be used for this year we are in negotiations with the trust at the present time
[quote][p][bold]burgerboy[/bold] wrote: Brilliant news! Makes up for the no show Vulcan. By the way what happened to the money that was collected last year to get the Vulcan to appear ?[/p][/quote]The money raised last year will be used for this year we are in negotiations with the trust at the present time blackrose1
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9:06am Thu 8 May 14

Azphreal says...

Not mentioned in this report is that (if it has not closed yet) there is an auction on ebay to travel in her from Canada to the UK (price around £25.000 at the mo) in 4 hops,you will be trained as part of the crew as well (ok have to get yourself to Canada first lol). Can not wait as they are what i go to the show for!
Not mentioned in this report is that (if it has not closed yet) there is an auction on ebay to travel in her from Canada to the UK (price around £25.000 at the mo) in 4 hops,you will be trained as part of the crew as well (ok have to get yourself to Canada first lol). Can not wait as they are what i go to the show for! Azphreal
  • Score: 5

10:10am Thu 8 May 14

BarrHumbug says...

May I suggest that if the Vulcan does show this year then it comes here first and then goes off to other shows in its return journey to its base? Every year it displays around the country on its way here and then by the time it gets here something breaks on it. Isn't it about time it came here first and let other displays down on the return journey?
May I suggest that if the Vulcan does show this year then it comes here first and then goes off to other shows in its return journey to its base? Every year it displays around the country on its way here and then by the time it gets here something breaks on it. Isn't it about time it came here first and let other displays down on the return journey? BarrHumbug
  • Score: -3

11:38am Thu 8 May 14

speedy231278 says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
May I suggest that if the Vulcan does show this year then it comes here first and then goes off to other shows in its return journey to its base? Every year it displays around the country on its way here and then by the time it gets here something breaks on it. Isn't it about time it came here first and let other displays down on the return journey?
Yes, that would work very well. It would then miss almost the entire display season as Bournemouth is quite late in the year. Currently, there are 11 confirmed dates, all of which are before the show here. Add the sure certainty of RIAT and you have two more. Depending on negotiations with shows that are relatively easy to get to on the same flight on the same day, you are talking up to £200K in gross income for that lot. It would be commercial suicide to forgo that for the sake of the £15K or so for a single show at Bournemouth, or hopefully a lot more for several days.

It is true that the Bournemouth show has been regrettably unfortunate with several aircraft issues and also the weather one year, but that's life. Believe me, the engineers, crew and people who raised the funds last year were devastated when the news of the fuel leak got to the fundraising stand (due to the phone reception issues at the show as always, the public found out first, which was very embarrassing).

There is a hypothesis that by the time the end of the season is looming, if something is going to go wrong, it will go wrong then, but that's just a hypothesis. The aircraft is operated and maintained to very exacting standards, and most of the reliability issues experienced have simply been bad luck. I have it on good authority that the fuel tank which failed last year was one of the newer ones fitted to the airframe in RAF days, and most of them are actually the ones she left Woodford with when built in 1960!

With the best will in the world, she will be at the show this year subject to negotiation with the VTTS trust and show organisers. We will just have to wait and see what happens.
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: May I suggest that if the Vulcan does show this year then it comes here first and then goes off to other shows in its return journey to its base? Every year it displays around the country on its way here and then by the time it gets here something breaks on it. Isn't it about time it came here first and let other displays down on the return journey?[/p][/quote]Yes, that would work very well. It would then miss almost the entire display season as Bournemouth is quite late in the year. Currently, there are 11 confirmed dates, all of which are before the show here. Add the sure certainty of RIAT and you have two more. Depending on negotiations with shows that are relatively easy to get to on the same flight on the same day, you are talking up to £200K in gross income for that lot. It would be commercial suicide to forgo that for the sake of the £15K or so for a single show at Bournemouth, or hopefully a lot more for several days. It is true that the Bournemouth show has been regrettably unfortunate with several aircraft issues and also the weather one year, but that's life. Believe me, the engineers, crew and people who raised the funds last year were devastated when the news of the fuel leak got to the fundraising stand (due to the phone reception issues at the show as always, the public found out first, which was very embarrassing). There is a hypothesis that by the time the end of the season is looming, if something is going to go wrong, it will go wrong then, but that's just a hypothesis. The aircraft is operated and maintained to very exacting standards, and most of the reliability issues experienced have simply been bad luck. I have it on good authority that the fuel tank which failed last year was one of the newer ones fitted to the airframe in RAF days, and most of them are actually the ones she left Woodford with when built in 1960! With the best will in the world, she will be at the show this year subject to negotiation with the VTTS trust and show organisers. We will just have to wait and see what happens. speedy231278
  • Score: -1

11:43am Thu 8 May 14

speedy231278 says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
I was hoping for 3 but 2 will have to do
Not quite sure why all the thumbs down for this, perhaps people think this is a sarcastic post. Perhaps the poster did post in jest, however there's an infinitesimal chance of having three Lancs flying at the same time. 'Just Jane', NX611, is getting ever closer to flying again, however it is projected to be closer to the end of the year rather than late summer. It would be amazing to see all three, however these things cannot be rushed. Almost a shame the Canadian Lanc is coming this year rather than next. Still, maybe it means we can have two for a few years in a row before the current active one retires?
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: I was hoping for 3 but 2 will have to do[/p][/quote]Not quite sure why all the thumbs down for this, perhaps people think this is a sarcastic post. Perhaps the poster did post in jest, however there's an infinitesimal chance of having three Lancs flying at the same time. 'Just Jane', NX611, is getting ever closer to flying again, however it is projected to be closer to the end of the year rather than late summer. It would be amazing to see all three, however these things cannot be rushed. Almost a shame the Canadian Lanc is coming this year rather than next. Still, maybe it means we can have two for a few years in a row before the current active one retires? speedy231278
  • Score: -3

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