PICTURES: Lancaster Bomber prepares to take to the skies once again

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The Lancaster Bomber based at RAF Coningsby is preparing to take to the skies once again this afternoon (October 12) following a serious engine fire in May.

Flight Lieutenant Tim Dunlop, Bomber Leader of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF), will pilot the Lancaster Bomber on a test flight this afternoon at around 2pm.

The Lancaster Bomber at RAF Coningsby.

The Lancaster Bomber at RAF Coningsby.

Flt Lt Dunlop told the Horncastle News: “She’s been on the ground for quite some time and the engineers have done a fantastic job to get her back to where she is today.

“We had a fire with her back in May and I was flying her at that time. We did quite a bit of damage to her and the fire did hurt her in many ways - the fact that they’ve got her back to this state, where she just looks absolutely glorious in the Lincolnshire sunshine today, is great.

“For me, there’s those first nerves as I haven’t flown her for quite a while... we’ve done all the training, we’re ready to go, and the next step really is to get her back where she belongs in the air.”

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