BREAKING NEWS: Canadian Lancaster is on the way to RAF Coningsby

The Canadian Lancaster
The Canadian Lancaster

Staff and officials at RAF Coningsby and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight are gearing up for one of the biggest days in their recent history tomorrow (Friday) with the arrival of the Canadian Lancaster bomber.

Thousands of people are expected to pack into the area to witness the arrival of the iconic aircraft.

It will, of course, join forces with the BBMF’s Lancaster.

The pair are the only surviving flight-worthy Lancasters in the world.

The ‘teaming up’ has attracted massive interest on a national basis.

Various road closures and other restrictions will be in place tomorrow - and during the remainder of the Canadian aircraft’s stay.

There were a few alarm bells earlier this week when the Canadian plane - V-VERA - had to delay setting off on its 3,700-mile journey to Coningsby because of engine problems.

It finally set off a day late but according to organisers, it has made up for lost time and will arrive on time for tomorrow’s welcome ceremony.

The bomber has travelled via Goose Green in Newfoundland and is expected to ‘touch down’ at 1.30pm tomorrow.

Organisers of the arrival ceremony are planning to roll out the ‘red carpet.’

Thousands of well-wishers are expected to gather outside the air base.

Lincolnshire County Council has already warned motorists of possible delays in the area.

The Canadian aircraft will spend six weeks displaying alongside its BBMF counterpart before it is due to start its return trip on Monday, September 22.

They will ‘visit’ the Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby where a third Lancaster ‘ Just Jane’ - is based.

Unlike the other two Lancasters, ‘Just Jane’ is not airworthy.