A unique sight returned to the Suffolk skies today that would have been commonplace 70 years ago as the last two airworthy World War Two Lancasters flew in together.
The historic pair are flying together again because the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum have brought their machine to the UK where it has begun flying at displays with the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Avro Lancaster.
They came to Wattisham airfield this afternoon to rehearse their display for the Clacton Air Show along with a BBMF Spitfire and Hurricane and the world’s last airworthy Vulcan delta-wing cold war bomber, which was also built by Avro.
The aircraft did a short display over Wattisham, watched by service people from the Army Air Corps base, their families and members of Wattisham Station Heritage.
The Rolls-Royce Merlin powered Lancaster was the most famous of the RAF four-engined ‘heavies’, best known for the Dambuster Raid.
The Vulcan, with its four Rolls-Royce Olymnpus jet engines was designed as Britain’s nuclear deterrent and first flew in 1952 though it last saw action 30 years later dropping conventional bombs on Port Stanley airfield in the Falklands. The last flying one is owned by the Vulcan to the Sky group.