BREAKING NEWS: Engine problems force Lancaster bomber Vera out of East Kirkby event

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Thousands of enthusiasts will be disappointed tomorrow (Tuesday) after the Canadian Lancaster bomber was forced to pull out of a planned appearance at the East Kikrby Aviation Museum.

The Canadian bomber (Vera) was due to team up with its sister aircraft ‘Thumper’ from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - and the centre’s own Lancaster ‘Just Jane’.

It would have been the first time three Lancasters had been re-united’ for more than five decades.

However, plans were thrown into doubt after Vera suffered engine failure flying in the Teesside area last Friday.

Despite intensive efforts by BBMF engineers, the aircraft will not be flight-worthy tomorrow.

Staff at East Kirkby issued the following statement this afternoon (Monday): “We are very sorry to say that we have just been contacted by the Canadian Warplane Heritage and the BBMF with the sad news that they have had to cancel the flypasts on September 2 due to the engine problems with FM213 Vera.

“The Centre will still be open and the ground activities will still be on.

“Your admission tickets will still be honoured on September 2 and we will be trying our best to arrange another date for the event.”

Tomorrow’s event is a sell out after 5,000 tickets were sold.