BBMF Lancaster lands on 3 engines

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster had to return to RAF Coningsby on the weekend on only three of its four Rolls-Royce Merlin engines after the oil pressure on the no.4 engine started reading as high.

All photos kindly contributed to Defence of the Realm by Jim Knowles.


 

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Avro Lancaster PA474 KC-A “Thumper” of the BBMF

A collection of images of Avro Lancaster PA474 KC-A “Thumper” of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight taken at RAF Coningsby in July 2016. The RAF BBMF Lancaster is currently painted to represent an aircraft which served with No.617 Squadron after the famous Dams Raid.

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NEWS: New CO for Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

Sqrn Ldr Dunc Mason (left) and Sqrn Ldr Andy ‘Milli’ Millikin (BBMF Club)

Sqrn Ldr Dunc Mason (left) and Sqrn Ldr Andy ‘Milli’ Millikin (BBMF Club)

After serving for no less than 7 years with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, 3 of which have been as commanding officer, Squadron Leader Dunc Mason will be formally standing down from the position on Sunday 25th October. Succeeding him in the post will be Squadron Leader Andy ‘Milli’ Millikin whom has served with the flight for four years learning all he needs to know about the running of the prestigious unit in what has to be one of the most unique jobs in military aviation.

Millikin will lead the flight of historic World War II aircraft through the 2016-2018 display seasons which will now thankfully include the flight’s repaired Lancaster known lovingly as “Thumper”. Earlier this year the aircraft suffered an in-flight fire but fortunately no one was hurt and the aircraft has now returned to the air. Other aircraft in the flight include Supermarine Spitfire and the Hawker Hurricane fighters.

Squadron Leader Mason will be leaving the job to Millikin in order to take up the post of Officer Commanding Advanced Squadron, Central Flying School Examining Wing. This post will see him become responsible for examining all aspects of advanced flying and flying training for the RAF ensuring that the highest of standards are maintained.

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NEWS; BBMF Lancaster suffers in-flight engine fire

Lancaster fire

SOURCE: Karl Melson via BBC

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) Lancaster, known affectionately as Thumper, has had to perform an emergency landing at RAF Coningsby after after suffering a mid-air engine fire during a training flight. None of the crew were hurt in the incident and the fire was suppressed before it could cause any major damage to the airframe. The fire appears to have begun after the engine misfired in-flight.

The aircraft is the only airworthy example of the Avro Lancaster bomber in the UK. The only other example is located in Canada and last year the two aircraft met and flew together, the first time more than one Lancaster had been in the air at the same time in over 40 years. That aircraft suffered a similar incident last year but is flying again.

Two Lancasters In Flight Together Once More

2 lancs 2

Two Avro Lancasters have flown in formation together for the first time in over 50 years. This amazing sight took place today (August 14th 2014) at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire after the arrival of the Canadian aircraft (known affectionately as ‘Vera’) in the UK to join the Battle of Britian Memorial Flight’s ‘Thumper’. Over the forthcoming air show season the two aircraft are expected to make around 60 air show appearances in what will probably be the very last time more than one Lancaster will fly together.