Lancaster in Manchester

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  1. Didnt know where to put this and cant see anything about it. But a Lancaster is doing a fly past today ( 16/05/10)over Manchester and was wondering if any body knew about it and the flight details for best veiw??????
     
  2. There are only two airworthy Lancasters; one in the UK (PA474) and one in Canada.

    Check the BBMF website for movements of PA474.
     
  3. Doesn't matter the bugger was grounded due to the ASH cloud. What about the feckin big ash cloud over Dresden that never stopped the buggers before did it.
     
  4. It was supposed to be escorted by a Spitfire and a Hurricane as well.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/8685196.stm
     
  5. Yer, but we had thousands of them then and we didn't mind looseing a few
     
  6. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    There were no ash clouds over Dresden until after they had fukced off
     
  7. But there was for the later raids that could see the flames from miles away.
    Fucking H&S does it again. They even forced a helicopter that was filming the Manchester running events in the city centre to land just in case.
     
  8. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    I think the Yanks suffered from the ash cloud more than the brits
    One US AAF B17 squadron got so confused the pushed on and bombed Prague by mistake IIRC

    I think the second wave of Lancs were in and out in about 10 minutes but your right about the fire again IIRC the master bomber had to move the aiming point to hit areas that wern't burning
    I have a very good book about it I'll dig out the details of it if you want

    I think about 10 miles away was the distance they reckond the second wave could stil see the flames at on the way home
     
  9. The rest of the BBMF were at Duxford for tjhe Spring Air show in honour of the BBMF. (Incluidng I guess the missing spit and Hurricane escort.)

    No ash cloud over Duxford and I watched three hurricanes take off and fly as a Vic - possible the first time for a few decades ;)

    I was wonderign why the lancaster scheduled for 15.30 didnpot show up.
     
  10. Where not the majority of Lancs built at Woodford just outside Manchester, as was it's predecessor the twin engined Avro Manchester ?

    john
     
  11. I think the majority were built in Chadderton near Oldham, no entirely sure but think Woodford was final assembley and testing.

    Would you believe the workforce actually went on strike while bomber command were still flying combat sorties over Germany, just as an aside.
     
  12. Would you believe that arms manufacturers demanded payment and actually made a profit while the country was at war?
     
  13. Lancasters were built at a number of locations by several different companies.

    Avro (at Chadderton and Yeadon, final assembly Woodford)- 3673
    Armstrong Whitworth (at Baginton) - 1329
    Austin Motors (at Longbridge, final assembly at Woodford)- 330
    Metropolitan Vickers (at Mosley Road, Manchester, final assembly at Woodford or Chester)- 1080
    Vickers Armstrong (at Chester or Castle Bromwich) - 535
    Victory Aircraft (in Canada)- 430
     
  14. Was more meant as a comment as to how "routine" the war had become on the home front rather than any sort of anti-capitalist dig.
     
  15. Ta baboon
    UK aircraft production during the war was an outstanding example of Airframe construction.
    The Satellite program I think.
    Mero Vicks, Vickers Armstrong pure industrial history, Now whats the works football team from Trafford Park.

    john