BBMF Avro Lancaster (PA474)
- Aircraft Type: Avro Lancaster
- Operator: Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
- Year of Manufacture: 1945
- Powered by: X4 Packard V-1650 Merlins
- Colour Scheme: 460 Sqn (RAAF)’s AR-L on her portside and 50 Sqn VN-T on her starboard side.
The Avro Lancaster is the most famous and successful RAF heavy bomber of World War Two. It is a legend that lives on today and the contribution made by the aircraft and its crews to the freedom of our nation will, hopefully, never be forgotten. The prototype Lancaster took to the air for its first flight from Ringway, Manchester, on 9th January 1941; the first production Lancaster flew later that year on 31stOctober.
PA474 is one of only two Lancaster aircraft remaining in airworthy condition out of the 7,377 that were built (the other is in Canada with the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum at Hamilton, Ontario). PA474 rolled off the production line at the Vickers Armstrong Broughton factory at Hawarden Airfield, Chester on 31 May 1945, just after the war in Europe came to an end, so she was prepared for use against the Japanese as part of the ‘Tiger Force’. However, the war in the Far East also ended before she was deployed and she did not take part in any hostilities.
PA474 completed a ‘major’ servicing at Duxford across the winter of 2016-17.
Images: Harry Measures