UK’s only flying Lancaster back in the air after ‘major’ overhaul

July 4, 2017 Spilsby Online 0

The UK’s only flying Lancaster bomber has taken to the air in its first test after undergoing “major maintenance”. As well as a complete overhaul, the aircraft was given new nose art featuring a kangaroo and bagpipes. It is part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF), based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, is currently at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford. The Lancaster is due to return to its base for the BBMF’s […]

Lancaster bomber’s first flight since fire

July 17, 2016 Spilsby Online 0

The sound of a Lancaster Bomber’s Merlin engines could be heard across Lincolnshire when it took to the skies for the first time in months. The iconic bomber, one of only two surviving flight-worthy examples in the world, was grounded for much of 2015 after an engine caught fire during a practice flight. Today the BBMF, based at RAF Coningsby, flew for the first time since the fire, taking to the skies of Lincolnshire and […]

Flyover Tops Off Fantastic Show

July 10, 2016 Spilsby Online 0

A flyover of two vintage fighter aircraft topped off a fantastic Spilsby Show. Despite some overnight rain and looking very overcast the town’s annual show opened its’ gates at 10am as usual, with crowds growing throughout the morning. A few spots of rain threatened to dampen the spirits of those in attendance but the rain never materialised but instead turned to a bright and sunny summers’ day. The Show is well-known throughout the area as a […]

Axed air display back at RAF Scampton in 2017

May 27, 2016 Spilsby Online 0

An airshow axed over “security concerns” is to be staged at the home of the Red Arrows. The RAF Scampton Airshow is to be held over a weekend in September 2017, organisers said. An annual show at RAF Waddington was axed in 2015 by the Ministry of Defence. Andy Armstrong, chief executive of the new organising company, said it would take place on the weekend of September 9-10. In February, the RAF Charitable Trust reached […]

Lancaster Wreckage From Spilsby Bomber Found In Germany

February 28, 2016 Spilsby Online 0

Wreckage of a Lancaster bomber never to return to its base at RAF Spilsby has been found – by coincidence – close to the twin town of Bassum in Germany, where it was shot down. Spilsby twinned with Bassum in 2010 after a 10-year friendship, little knowing the historic link that would one day be discovered. The find in Pestinghausen, the village to which Bassum belongs, was made by historian Volker Urbanski, who came across […]

Lancaster bomber to miss most of 2015 season

June 4, 2015 Spilsby Online 0

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which had to make an emergency landing after one of its engines caught fire looks set to miss much of the 2015 display season. It has been reported that the UK’s only flying Lancaster bomber will miss a number of air shows including RAF Cosford and Weston Air Festival in Somerset. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster Bomber was grounded indefinitely after an on-board fire near Coningsby One […]