Illustrating the interest and passion for the Lancaster, the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre held an ‘open Lancaster Day’ on 29 June.
A steady stream of appreciative visitors took advantage of the free exterior and pre-booked interior tours of Mk.VII Just Jane. Although there was a fee for the thirty minute long interior tours, put simply, where else are you able to participate in a tour of such a valuable piece of our aviation heritage and experience the aircraft first-hand, sitting at each crew position to experience the sights, smells and atmosphere with an immensely knowledgeable guide?
Adding to an already memorable day, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster PA474 arrived from a display at Cleethorpes and performed three perfect passes over Just Jane as she sat outside the main hangar. There is nowhere else in Europe you can see two Lancasters together, and this fact wasn’t lost on those present as their cameras captured the moment.
Also parked outside on display was resident Dakota N473DC Drag ‘em oot, and catching the eye in the visiting aircraft parking area was immaculate 1951 vintage DHC-1 Chipmunk G-BCSL, resplendent in its gloss black paint scheme. Parked alongside was a slightly younger (1971) aircraft, in the shape of motor glider G-SSWV, a red and white Portavia Putzer RF-5B.
The interior tours of Just Jane were fully booked, however it is hoped the event can be repeated during September - exact date to be confirmed as I write.