Once in a life time sight as last two Lancasters fly in to Dunsfold Aerodrome

The Two Lancasters above Dunsfold Aerodrome PICTURE BY TONY HART
The Two Lancasters above Dunsfold Aerodrome PICTURE BY TONY HART

ALL flight paths led to Dunsfold Aerodrome as 40,000 spectators at the tenth Wings and Wheels show were treated to sights of a lifetime.

Blue skies, sunshine and mercifully high clouds allowed fly pasts by some of the most iconic aircraft in the world.

The sell-out crowds watched in awe as the only two surviving airworthy Lancaster bombers – heroes of World War Two – roared across the airfield.

One was from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the second was flown across the Atlantic from Canada. It was particularly poignant because Dunsfold was the second world war home of three Royal Canadian Air Force Squadrons.

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum President David Rohrer said: “This was a once in a Lanc Time event. It will not happen again. We were overjoyed at being able to do it.”

Spectators, who had enjoyed daredevil displays by wing walkers, helicopter crews and stunt plane fliers, hardly had time to draw breath before the giant Cold War deterrent, the Avro Vulcan – again the last of its kind – howled over the airfield.

Three Gnat jets – forerunners of the Red Arrows – escorted her before allowing this grand old lady of the skies to thrill the crowd.