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Last flying Lancaster bombers to appear at airshow

The Argus: Last flying Lancaster bombers to appear at airshow Last flying Lancaster bombers to appear at airshow

The last two flying Lancaster bombers in the world will appear in the air together at the Shoreham Airshow this year.

The two warplanes will approach with an escort of WW2 fighter planes for a 15-minute full display over the airfield.

Spokesman for Shoreham Airshow John Periam said this would “never, ever happen again in our lifetime”.

He said: “It's a unique opportunity to see two of these aircraft together- it will be emotional for a lot people.”

One of the WW2 warplanes, of RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, has often appeared at Shoreham Airshow in the past.

The other is flying over from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Ontario for a display tour of the UK.

Museum CEO Sqn Ldr (Ret) Dave Rohrer C.D, who will be among the air crew of the Canadian Lancaster, said: “A rare window of opportunity was identified to bring the last 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 80s or older now.”

He added that for both aircraft to fly in formation will be a tribute to all those that served in the war from Canada, Britain and the entire Commonwealth.

Shoreham Airshow flying display director Rod Dean said: “Our first display ever was the BBMF Lancaster. Here we are 25 years later with two of them. What more could you ask for?”

Over 60 aircraft will be taking part in displays, some flying in from other airfields, for up to six hours on August 30 and 31.

A highlight will be the “attack and scramble” display which this year will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of D-Day, featuring Spitfires, Hurricanes and US Dakotas.

Vice-chairman of Shoreham Airport Owners and Operators Association David Skertchly said: “It is a sobering thought that a private pilot who trains at Shoreham will have more experience than the pilots of these aircraft when they set off in the dark to Germany. These were men of steel and these two amazing aircraft are an enduring tribute to their talent and bravery.”

For details visit www.shorehamairshow.co.uk

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1:41pm Sat 10 May 14

power_ranger says...

John Periam said this would “never, ever happen again in our lifetime"

-Except it's happening the next day at Bournemouth Air Festival, which is a much bigger and more spectacular 4 day event.
John Periam said this would “never, ever happen again in our lifetime" -Except it's happening the next day at Bournemouth Air Festival, which is a much bigger and more spectacular 4 day event. power_ranger
  • Score: -4

4:34pm Sat 10 May 14

bluemonday says...

power_ranger wrote:
John Periam said this would “never, ever happen again in our lifetime"

-Except it's happening the next day at Bournemouth Air Festival, which is a much bigger and more spectacular 4 day event.
and one of them is flying at airbourne,also a better display
[quote][p][bold]power_ranger[/bold] wrote: John Periam said this would “never, ever happen again in our lifetime" -Except it's happening the next day at Bournemouth Air Festival, which is a much bigger and more spectacular 4 day event.[/p][/quote]and one of them is flying at airbourne,also a better display bluemonday
  • Score: -6

5:08pm Sat 10 May 14

kmhove says...

Trust somebody to knock it. Nothing better to do? Try thinking that "in general" i.e.over the two weeks or so of the Canadian visit to this country it will never happen again and who cares about the relative qualities of airshows so long as it happens here. It might also be worth noting that Shoreham is the ONLY non commercial airshow in the country; run entirely by volunteers most of whom are pensioners now, and ALL done in aid of charity. (the RAFA) which also adds a bit of perspective.
Go an enjoy the airshow and don't be so petty.
Trust somebody to knock it. Nothing better to do? Try thinking that "in general" i.e.over the two weeks or so of the Canadian visit to this country it will never happen again and who cares about the relative qualities of airshows so long as it happens here. It might also be worth noting that Shoreham is the ONLY non commercial airshow in the country; run entirely by volunteers most of whom are pensioners now, and ALL done in aid of charity. (the RAFA) which also adds a bit of perspective. Go an enjoy the airshow and don't be so petty. kmhove
  • Score: 16

5:48pm Sat 10 May 14

thatfatbloke says...

bluemonday wrote:
power_ranger wrote:
John Periam said this would “never, ever happen again in our lifetime"

-Except it's happening the next day at Bournemouth Air Festival, which is a much bigger and more spectacular 4 day event.
and one of them is flying at airbourne,also a better display
They are both flying at Airbourne all four days - supposedly. Eastbourne is the first date on the 'tour'. And it's free. See the Eastbourne Herald website.
[quote][p][bold]bluemonday[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]power_ranger[/bold] wrote: John Periam said this would “never, ever happen again in our lifetime" -Except it's happening the next day at Bournemouth Air Festival, which is a much bigger and more spectacular 4 day event.[/p][/quote]and one of them is flying at airbourne,also a better display[/p][/quote]They are both flying at Airbourne all four days - supposedly. Eastbourne is the first date on the 'tour'. And it's free. See the Eastbourne Herald website. thatfatbloke
  • Score: 1

10:34pm Sat 10 May 14

Max Ripple says...

You people just can't wait to knock something good, can you?
You people just can't wait to knock something good, can you? Max Ripple
  • Score: 4

2:37am Sun 11 May 14

Mr chock says...

power_ranger wrote:
John Periam said this would “never, ever happen again in our lifetime"

-Except it's happening the next day at Bournemouth Air Festival, which is a much bigger and more spectacular 4 day event.
last year the Vulcan bomber was due to ... that never came ...i will like to see the air show get some FIRM actual flying planes flying about not a promise..yerr i know the plans are old but really the Airshow is a bit of a joke compared to Bournemouth and Eastbourne maybe its time to be a bit smart and put on just one local airshow NOT at shoreham "because it seem as others have commented the event is always a disappointment
[quote][p][bold]power_ranger[/bold] wrote: John Periam said this would “never, ever happen again in our lifetime" -Except it's happening the next day at Bournemouth Air Festival, which is a much bigger and more spectacular 4 day event.[/p][/quote]last year the Vulcan bomber was due to ... that never came ...i will like to see the air show get some FIRM actual flying planes flying about not a promise..yerr i know the plans are old but really the Airshow is a bit of a joke compared to Bournemouth and Eastbourne maybe its time to be a bit smart and put on just one local airshow NOT at shoreham "because it seem as others have commented the event is always a disappointment Mr chock
  • Score: -3

9:32am Sun 11 May 14

John Steed says...

I thought for a moment Just Jane from former RAF East Kirkby might be licensed to fly, however it is fantastic that the canadians are going to honour us with this rather epic flight from canada, it is a fitting tribute to the bomber crews of both countries and the close ties between canada and the UK as for those who want to make disparaging remarks, get on with it, i shall be at shoreham and bournemouth for a double helping of aviation history
I thought for a moment Just Jane from former RAF East Kirkby might be licensed to fly, however it is fantastic that the canadians are going to honour us with this rather epic flight from canada, it is a fitting tribute to the bomber crews of both countries and the close ties between canada and the UK as for those who want to make disparaging remarks, get on with it, i shall be at shoreham and bournemouth for a double helping of aviation history John Steed
  • Score: 5

1:25pm Sun 11 May 14

Spooky Sue says...

Both of these magnificent aircraft are also flying at Wings and Wheels at Dunsfold on 23/24 August 2014.
Perhaps they could do a special fly past when at Shoreham over Worthing seafront, as at the bottom of Heene Road on August 18th 2013 they unveiled a Canadian war memorial to remember all Canadian personnel stationed in the area during the war, especially the Canadians who died in Lyndhurst Road in 1941 when a Heinkel 111 crashed into the house where they were billeted. The Canadian flag proudly flies at this memorial now.
Both of these magnificent aircraft are also flying at Wings and Wheels at Dunsfold on 23/24 August 2014. Perhaps they could do a special fly past when at Shoreham over Worthing seafront, as at the bottom of Heene Road on August 18th 2013 they unveiled a Canadian war memorial to remember all Canadian personnel stationed in the area during the war, especially the Canadians who died in Lyndhurst Road in 1941 when a Heinkel 111 crashed into the house where they were billeted. The Canadian flag proudly flies at this memorial now. Spooky Sue
  • Score: 4

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