LATEST UPDATE: Canadian Lancaster Vera returns home to RAF Coningsby

Back together - Thumper and Vera
Back together - Thumper and Vera

The Canadian Lancaster bomber, Vera, has returned home to RAF Coningsby after being ground at Durham Tees Valley Airport with engine trouble.

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.

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

Vera landed safely at Coningsby just after 2.30pm following a flight from Teeside.

Provided there are no further problems, the two Lancasters are scheduled to appear at the Scottish Air Show at Prestwick and an Irish event at Portrush this weekend.

It is also planned to perform a fly-past at the East Kirkby Aviation Centre next Tuesday.

The centre’s own Lancaster - Just Jane - is also scheduled to appear.

Plans for all three planes to appear at a sell-out event last Tuesday were cancelled because Vera was grounded - much to the disappointment of a 5,000 sell out crowd.