Lancaster Returns To RAF Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight Fleet After Maintenance

The Officer Commanding for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight said the hangar "felt empty without the Lancaster".

Lancaster bomber has returned to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Fleet (BBMF) after a routine maintenance programme.

Lancaster PA474 completed the 'Minor Plus' programme with the Aircraft Restoration Company at Duxford, Cambridgeshire.

The aircraft, one of only two still flying today, will now rejoin the BBMF for the remainder of the season at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire. 

Squadron Leader Mark Discombe, Officer Commanding BBMF, said the fleet welcomed back the Lancaster with "great excitement and pride".

The aircraft is one of only two Lancaster bombers still flying today (Picture: Lisa Harding Photography).

"The Minor servicing, conducted at Duxford, has been a whole force endeavour with both Service personnel and contractors working closely together," he said.

"The BBMF hangar at RAF Coningsby has felt empty without the Lancaster, not just because of her size but also her sheer presence. 

"The Lancaster represents the bravery of the Bomber Command air and ground crews that fought during the Second World War, with many paying the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

"After a short period of training we are looking forward to getting the Lancaster up and in the public eye once more."

Flight Lieutenant Seb Davey, a Lancaster pilot, said it is "absolutely fabulous to have the Lancaster flying again".

"We can't wait to show her in her native environment in the coming weeks."