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Avro 683 Lancaster B7

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Still wearing its former French Navy markings (ex WU-15).
This aircraft was initially kept in airworthy condition for some years, painted in RAF markings with its original serial NX611. In 1974 it went to RAF Scampton for static display, where it remained until moved to East Kirby in 1988. It's still there today, wonderfully preserved in taxiing condition by the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre.
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Avro 683 Lancaster B7

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August 1965
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Aircraft Data

The Lancaster was developed from the Manchester and became one of the outstanding aircraft of WWII. Mainstay of Bomber Command's night offensive against Germany the 'Lanc' was also used on many special operations including the Dam Busters raid.

Summary data for Avro Lancaster -
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
United Kingdom19417377n/a7n/a


4 x Bristol Hercules (1290 - 1735 hp), Packard Merlin (1000 - 1280 hp) or Rolls Royce Merlin (880 - 1315 hp) piston engines.

Mk I: Merlin XX rated at 1450hp; Mk.II: Hercules VI rated at 1650hp; Mk. III & X: Packard Merlin 20 or 22


8x 0.303 inch Browning machine guns in 3 turrets (a few examples used a Martin dorsal turret with 2x .5in machine guns). Normal bomb load of 14,000lbs/6350kg. Modifications allowed a maximum bomb load of 22,000lb/9979kg


Dimensions for Avro Lancaster -
Length69 ft. 4 in.
Wing Span102 ft. 0 in.
Height19 ft. 0 in.
Empty Weight36,900 lbs.
Max Weight70,000 lbs.


Performance of Avro Lancaster -
Max Speed287 mph (Mk.I)
Cruise Speed210 mph (Mk.I)
Ceiling24,500 ft. (Mk.I)
Normal Range1,660mi. (Mk.I with normal bomb load)
Max Range3,000mi.

Updated 22nd January 2009

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