Organisers have had to cancel appearances by the last airworthy World War II Lancaster bombers at the Bournemouth Air Festival and Shoreham Air Show this weekend after one of the hallowed aeroplanes suffered an engine shutdown in Durham
The Canadian Mynarski Memorial Lancaster bomber, known as Vera because of her registration number, VRA, was originally reunited with the PA 474 at the Eastbourne Airshow earlier this month.
© Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
But the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum has had to halt the six-week tour, leaving thousands of fans awaiting further news ahead of scheduled visits to events including the Shoreham Air Show in Sussex.
“During a local flight from Durham Tees Valley Airport this morning, our Lancaster performed a precautionary engine shutdown,” the museum announced in a statement.
“The aircraft landed safely without incident. It is now hangared and is undergoing maintenance.”
Although many enthusiasts reacted to the news with disappointment, visitors praised an earlier ceremony at the airport which had been part of the commemorative tour.
“We've been lucky enough to see her twice and it's been very emotional to see,” said one.
“We've been privileged to have her and her wonderful team here, I hope anyone who hasn't seen her yet gets the chance.”
“Seeing two Lancasters in the air together has been a dream come true,” added another.
“That they are both so beautifully preserved and flown is wonderful to see.”
A statement from the festival in Bournemouth, which welcomed the fastest private aircraft in Europe on Friday, sympathised with fans.
“We understand she’s over 70 years old and these things happen. We hope she’s airworthy again soon,” they said.
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