Late last year the Battle of Britain Memorial flight flew their beautiful Avro Lancaster to Duxford in Cambridgeshire to undergo major maintenance over the winter period ready for the 2017 airshow season. After the maintenance had been completed she had to be completely repainted and so this called for a new nose art, which came in the shape of ‘Leader’.
‘Leader’ is to represent Avro Lancaster W5005 ‘AR-L’ of 460 (Royal Australian Air Force) Squadron, the nose art consists of a Kangaroo playing the bagpipes, which depicts the mixed crew that flew on the aircraft during world war II, the crew consisted of a mixture of Australian, Scottish and Welsh men. Overall W5005 completed 94 operations during its time with 460 Squadron but after this the aircraft was transferred over to 550 Squadron, on the 27th August 1944 after flying a raid to Kiel she was forced to ditch into the Humber estuary approximately one mile off Killingholme Haven no injuries .
As always the Lancaster shows different markings on the starboard side this year is will show LL922 ‘VN-T’ an Avro Lancaster of 50 Squadron but the nose art still shows as the city of Lincolnshire, also the aircraft is now painted in more of a matted down paint scheme which looks absolutely fantastic as in my opinion it shows the paint scheme of the real Avro Lancaster that served during the second world war.
It’s great to see this lovely piece of British history back in the skies again after her maintenance and looking so fresh, a great job done by Duxfords aircraft restoration company and to the BBMF and all those who helped redesign the nose art that now adorns the legendary Lancaster PA474.
If you are interested I the great work of the Battle of Britain Memorial flight (BBMF) and the Aircraft Restoration Company then please feel free to visit their websites at the following URL links:
BBMF : https://www.raf.mod.uk/bbmf/
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/BBMF.Official/
Aircraft Restoration Company : https://www.aircraftrestorationcompany.com/