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VIDEO: Lancaster bombers fly together above Coningsby and Horncastle

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The long wait paid off for hundreds of spectators today (Wednesday) when the two Lancaster bombers took off together from RAF Coningsby.

The BBMF aircraft was joined by the Canadian Lancaster and they were spotted in the skies above Coningsby and Horncastle just after lunchtime.

They are the world’s only two airworthy Lancasters.

Paul Stewart, who saw the aircraft take off, said: “It was a brilliant site...absolutely amazing, fantastic.

“It’s history and I was lucky enough to see it.”

The Canadian Lancaster arrived at RAF Coningsby last Friday after a 3,700 mile journey across the Atlantic.

It was due to be ‘greeted’ by the BBMF aircraft and pass over Lincoln Cathedral - accompanied by the Red Arrows.

However, plans had to be scrapped after bad weather meant the BBMF Lancaster stayed firmly on the ground.

The Canadian Lancaster underwent a series of checks after reports of brake problems - just seconds after it touched down last Friday.

It was spotted flying alone yesterday (Tuesday) above Woodhall Spa.

A series of practice flights near Coningsby will now be performed ahead of a month of events across the UK.

According to reports, large crowds gathered outside the airbase for the ‘double’ take off, which took place just after 1pm

The BBMF aircraft took off first, along with a Spitfire from the BBMF, and then the Canadian aircraft, called ‘Vera.’

A number of roads were closed in the area and parking restrictions were in place but officials at Conginsby stress there will be plenty of opportunities to see the planes together.

The first public display is scheduled to be at Eastbourne International Air Show on Thursday.

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