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BREAKING NEWS: Lancaster bomber should be flying again this week

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The Canadian Lancaster bomber - grounded by engine trouble - should be back in the skies in time for the weekend.

Vera has spent the last few days being repaired at Durham Tees Valley Airport after encountering engine problems.

Thanks to the help of the Coningsby based Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF), a new engine has been fitted to the iconic Second World Ward aircraft.

Provided there are no hitches, Vera should be able to team up with the BBMF’s own Lancaster, ‘Thumper’, over the next 48 hours.

The planes are booked for a number of displays and fly-pasts over the coming days.

News of the repairs came too late for enthusiasts at the East Kikrby Aviation Centre today (Tuesday).

Around 5,000 tickets had been sold with crowds hoping to see ‘Vera’ and ‘Thumper’ united with the Centre’s own Lancaster ‘Just Jane’.

However, the problems with ‘Vera’ forced the appearance to be cancelled although it is hoped to arrange it at a future date.

Officials from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum said they were ‘sorry’ the East Kirkby appearance had to be cancelled and promised to do everything they could to find a new date.

 

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