Britain's Iconic Airplanes To Meet

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The last two flying Avro Lancaster bombers will meet up with the one-of-a-kind delta-wing Vulcan Bomber later this month for a rare flight demonstration at the Royal Air Force base in Waddington, in the United Kingdom. One of the Lancaster bombers, flown by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, recently crossed the Atlantic for the first time, and the other one is flown by the Battle of Britain Memorial flight group. The Cold War-era Vulcan Bomber has been flying since 2007, after 14 years of fundraising and restoration work. The event will be held as part of the Clacton Air Show on Thursday, Aug. 21.

The Canadian bomber will be touring in the U.K. for six weeks. Both airplanes were designed by Avro's chief designer, Roy Chadwick. He drew up the preliminary designs for the Vulcan bomber in 1946. "He died in a plane crash the following year, and never saw his second masterpiece fly," according to the Vulcan To The Sky website. Chadwick's work was picked up by Stuart Davies, who took his ideas to fruition.