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Aviation News – BBMF & CWHM Lancaster duo obtains Public Display Authority

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 saw the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Avro Lancaster PA474 ‘Thumper Mk.III’ and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Avro Lancaster Mk.X KB726 (C-GVRA) obtain their Public Display Authorisation at RAF Coningsby, marking the commencement of the Thwaites Lancaster Bomber Tour 2014. Elliott Marsh reports, with photographs by Steve Comber.

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Military Exercise – Red Flag 14-3

Red Flag is a programme which will no doubt be familiar to most of our readership, with GAR having covered the majority of its iterations over the last couple of years. Suffice to say, it is the world’s largest and most established air combat exercise, which normally takes place three times per year at Nellis AFB, NV. The exercise is organised by the 414th Combat Training Squadron (CTS) and attracts participation from units throughout the USAF (and other branches of the US armed services) as well as allies overseas. Paul Dunn reports, with additional reporting by Chris Wood and Rob Edgcumbe.

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Aviation News – CWHM Lancaster KB726 (C-GVRA) arrival signals start of Lancaster Bomber Tour

Friday, 8 August 2014 saw the culmination of a plan months in the making as the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s (CWHM) Avro Lancaster Mk.X KB726 (C-GVRA) safely completed its 3,700 mile trip to the UK, arriving at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, to begin a one-off month-long tour of Great Britain. Elliott Marsh previews the ‘Lanc’ season’, with exclusive images from the aircraft’s arrival courtesy of Karl Drage and Dave Gledhill.

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