Tickets have gone on sale to see the world’s last two fully operational Lancaster Bombers.
The iconic aircraft are to fly together for a series of historic displays this summer – and they will be based in Lincolnshire to see.
It’s expected that people from across the world will want to see the aeroplanes at the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre.
Advance tickets include a guided tour of the two aircraft, other planes in the memorial flight and its hanger at RAF Coningsby.
Councillor Nick Worth, executive member for culture at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “These are iconic and beautiful aircraft, which represent so much of our country’s history and sacrifice. Seeing them together is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – and an experience people will never forget.
“We’re expecting the hanger tours to be extremely popular, which is why access is strictly limited to ticket holders only. I can’t stress this enough: if you want to see these planes, book your tickets sooner rather than later – when they’re gone, they’re gone.”
The visitor centre at RAF Coningsby is home to a number of fully operational Second World War aircraft, including the country’s sole surviving airborne Lancaster. Together, they form the nation’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which is regularly seen at state occasions and displays.
This August and September, the flight will be joined by the only other flying Lancaster in existence: the B Mk X FM213 from Canada.
Completed in July 1945 and cared for by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Centre, the aircraft will be taking off from Hamilton, Ontario on August 4. It will make a number of stops en-route before touching down in Lincolnshire on August 8.
From there, it will join the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight for a two-month tour of the British and Channel Islands. Between flights, it will be on show at the memorial flight’s visitor centre, which is running tours.
Tickets to see the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, including the Canadian Lancaster Bomber, at RAF Coningsby are priced at £10 for adults, £8 concessions, and £8 for those aged five to 18. Children under five go free.
Tickets must be pre-booked via the county council’s Customer Service Centre on 01522 782040 (lines open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Sunday) or online at www.visitlincolnshire.com/canadianlancaster
Tours are available for these dates only: 9 to 13 August, 25 August, 1 and 2 September, 8 and 9 September, and 15 to 19 September.