7377 Lancasters were built during the 2nd World War. Only 2 currently remain airworthy.
PA474 wearing the 50 Squadron code letters ‘VN-T’ on the starboard side representing Lancaster LL922 . The nose retains the coat of arms and name 'The City of Lincoln'.
There were two main types of engine used in the Avro Lancaster Bomber. The Rolls-Royce Merlin, and the Bristol Hercules.
During WW2 Thousands of Canadian airmen and ground crew served with RCAF and RAF Lancaster squadrons in England. During the summer of 2014 The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Avro Lancaster, VeRA, flew from Hamilton, Ontario to meet her British counterpart at raf coningsby lincolnshire.
During daylight training exercises the cockpits were fitted with blue Perspex and the crew wore amber goggles to give the illusion of moonlight to simulate nighttime.
Lancaster PA474 representing Lancaster BIII W5005 ‘AR-L’ “Leader” of 460 (Royal Australian Air Force) Squadron, with its nose art of a kangaroo in wellington boots playing bagpipes reflecting the mixed nationalities of the crew: Scottish, Welsh and Australian.
A long, unobstructed bomb bay meant that the Lancaster could take the largest bombs used by the RAF, including the 4,000 lb (1,800 kg), 8,000 lb (3,600 kg) and 12,000 lb (5,400 kg) blockbuster.
Each Lancaster would normally have a seven man crew comprising of the pilot, navigator, flight engineer, bomb-aimer, radio operator/gunner, and two gunners 1 x dorsal 1 x rear.
The Lancaster has the ability to fly low and sustain damage from enemy fire.