This is the moment an Avro Lancaster bomber joined a spectacular formation in the skies as Battle of Britain aircraft joined their modern airpower counterparts at the Royal International Air Tattoo.
The powerful rumbling sound of the Second World War aircraft’s powerful four Rolls-Royce Merlin engines is set against a backdrop of clear blue sky and an impressive view of the other planes in a flypast over the English countryside.
The stunning footage filmed aboard the Lancaster gives a crew-member’s eye view of how it looks and feels to fly in the iconic Second World War heavy bomber alongside a host of other planes including Hawker Hurricanes, Spitfires, a Tornado and the Royal Air Force’s newest stealth fighter jet – the F-35B Lightning II.
A record 180,000 people flocked to the 2018 show – the world’s biggest military aircraft show – at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.
They watched the stunning flypast of historic and modern state-of-the-art aircraft, the highlight of a series of airborne displays at the event, staged from July 13 to 15, which has been captured in all its glory in the video shot by Flying Officer Paul Gale RAuxAF, in conjunction with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
The flypast reunited the historic planes of the ‘Dambusters’ 617 Squadron but incorporated a modern update with the modern airpower.
The Avro Lancaster is the one of the most iconic aircraft of the Second World War, renowned for its successful bombing raids and the stirring sounds of its engines.
During the war, the Royal Air Force, The Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force all used Lancasters but the heavy bomber cemented its legendary place in wartime history for its successful role in the Dambusters raid to target the Mohne and Edersee Dams in Germany’s industrialised Ruhr Valley in 1943.