Pictures show RAF’s Lancaster bomber, one of only two in the world still flying, performing a flypast over Nottinghamshire. It flew above the Newark Showground which is hosting the Nottinghamshire County Show on Saturday (May 14).
It could be seen from miles around. These images were taken by Harry and Ian Arnold at Trent Lock at around 2pm on Saturday, May 14.
The flight was part of a schedule of events including livestock displays, rural skills, a family friendly dog show, a Young Farmers Association lawnmower race and a festival of food. The festival returned after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic.
Newark Showground was formerly operated as RAF Winthorpe and used as a training base for pilots learning how to fly Lancasters before they played part in bombing raids over Germany during the Second World War. The RAF’s last airworthy Lancaster – known as PA474 – was built just a few days after VE Day in 1945, ready to be used in the Far East and is one of only two in the world still flying.
However, it was never used in active combat and instead ended up being used for reconnaissance in Africa. It was flown in tribute to the men of Bomber Command who helped Britain win the war, sustaining heavy casualties doing so.