18/04/14 Lancaster To Join Memorial Flight - Headcorn Aerodrome

The Organisers of the Combined Ops, Military and Air Show are delighted to announce that the Avro Lancaster is flying to England this August and the first event it will be attending is the Combined Ops which takes place on the 16th and 17th August.

The Avro Lancaster will join the only other airworthy Lancaster in the world, owned and operated by the Royal Air Force's renowned Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF), so it will be one of the very few opportunities to see both flying together in the UK.

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's prized Avro Lancaster will depart from Hamilton, Ontario on August 4th and plan to arrive in England on August 8th. The North Atlantic crossing will include en-route stops at Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada, Narsarsuaq, Greenland, and Keflavik, Iceland, prior to arriving at the BBMF, RAF Coningsby. Shortly after arriving, the Lancaster will undergo a scheduled maintenance inspection and then the Canadian crews will complete a short training program with the BBMF in preparation to participate in several air displays and fly pasts with the BBMF Lancaster and fighters.

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum President and CEO, Sqn Ldr (Ret.) David G. Rohrer C.D. who is a current Lancaster pilot, indicated that this year, "A rare window of opportunity was identified to bring the only two flying Lancasters in the world together as a special salute to all the veterans of Bomber Command, many of whom are in their late 80's or older now. It is also an opportunity for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum to fly together and showcase a flying display and tribute to all those who served in the time of need, in Canada, England and the entire Commonwealth that likely will never be seen again."

The Combined Ops Military and Air Show Weekend is a spectacular display of military vehicles and aircraft and is held Kent's historic Headcorn Aerodrome, home of many real war-time dramas. This family event will also include living history re-enactment groups, arena events, military stalls and children's mini tanks and food stalls to make it a perfect day out.

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