VIDEO: Three Lancaster Bombers reunited at East Kirkby

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The hairs on the back of your neck had already started to stand on end before you could even hear the awesome roar of the 
Rolls Royce Merlin engines.

With the Lancaster Just Jane stood majestically on the runway at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre in East Kirkby all were waiting for the Canadian-owned bomber Vera and Thumper from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The three Lancasters together at East Kirkby

The three Lancasters together at East Kirkby

After two failed attempts - due to engine problems with the visiting Lancaster - there was a heightened air of anticipation.

With the sell-out 5,000-strong crowd, eyes perched on sticks, looking to the sky they appeared.

The sight was quite simply breathtaking - as the only two airworthy Avro Lancasters in the world performed a spectacular fly-past over their grounded counterpart.

The sound too was numbing as, not to be outdone, Just Jane had her engines roaring - meaning the crowd was treated to an orchestra of 12 Merlin engines.

The sights and sounds of these warplanes will live long in the memory.

Those attending on Sunday left knowing they had been privileged to watch something spectacular.

For those who missed the event, the aircraft are due to fly back over East Kirkby on Sunday.

Video by Juliette Bretan