Sunday, 4 August 2013

Appendix XII: Time travel

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Avro Lancaster flew to England in August for a month-long visit, joining the only other airworthy Lancaster in the world at RAF Coningsby. It had left Hamilton, Ontario on August 4th and arrived on August 8th following en-route stops at Goose Bay in Labrador, Canada, Narsarsuaq in Greenland and Keflavik in Iceland. Shortly after arriving it underwent a scheduled maintenance inspection and then the Canadian crews completed a short training program in preparation for several air displays and fly pasts starting on August 14th.

Thanks to this visit, on Monday 18th August I had the privilege of being able to travel back in time and share a tiny part of what my dad experienced on board this iconic aircraft nearly 70 years ago. Posting these pictures is the easy part, describing the experience will take a little longer and will be part of a later post.

Ready for take-off
Approaching the airport terminal at about 80 knots

90 knots and we are off the ground
A view from one of the specially constructed windows - Ulceby in the foreground, the River Humber beyond

The 'Jug and Bottle' pub in Holton-le-Clay, on the site of an RAF Waltham dispersal point
The market town of Louth with St James church clearly visible.
A view of the starboard engines from the flight engineer's position
Looking aft from the mid-upper gun turret
The ammunition for the 0.50 calibre machine guns (not the 0.303 fitted to earlier Lancasters)
Looking forward from the mid-upper gun turret
The pilot, S/L (retired) Dave Rohrer, who is also CEO of the Canadian Warship Heritage Museum

'Vera', safely back on the ground.


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