EAA AirVenture Lancaster

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General characteristics

* Crew: 7: pilot, flight engineer, navigator, bomb aimer, wireless operator, mid-upper and rear gunners
* Length: 69 ft 5 in (21.18 m)
* Wingspan: 102 ft (31.09 m)
* Height: 19 ft 7 in (5.97 m)
* Wing area: 1,300 ft² (120 m²)
* Empty weight: 36 828 lb (16,705 kg)
* Loaded weight: 63,000 lb (29,000 kg)
* Powerplant: 4× Rolls-Royce Merlin XX V12 engines, 1,280 hp (954 kW) each

Performance

* Maximum speed: 240 kn (280 mph, 450 km/h) at 15,000 ft (5,600 m)
* Range: 2,700 nmi (3,000 mi, 4,600 km) with minimal bomb load
* Service ceiling: 23,500 ft (8,160 m)
* Wing loading: 48 lb/ft² (240 kg/m²)
* Power/mass: 0.082 hp/lb (130 W/kg)

Armament

* Guns: 8× 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Browning machine guns in three turrets, with variations
* Bombs: Maximum normal bomb load of 14,000 lb (6,300kg) or 22,000 lb Grand Slam with modifications to bomb bay.

Noted Lancaster pilots and crew members
Victoria Cross awards

Many Lancaster crew members were highly decorated for actions while flying the aircraft. Amongst those who received the Victoria Cross were:

* Squadron Leader Ian Willoughby Bazalgette
* Wing Commander Guy Gibson
* Warrant Officer Norman Cyril Jackson
* Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski
* Squadron Leader John Dering Nettleton
* Squadron Leader Robert Anthony Maurice Palmer
* Flight Lieutenant William Reid
* Flight Sergeant George Thompson
* Group Captain Leonard Cheshire - did not receive VC for any particular act and flew other aircraft.
* Captain (acting Major) Edwin Swales

The Avro Lancaster featured prominently in the 1955 film, The Dam Busters, and a number of B VII Lancasters in storage were modified to the original configuration of the B III (Special) for use on screen. The Lancaster also plays a central role in Bomber, the 1970 novel by Len Deighton about a night raid on a fictional German town by a formation of RAF bombers. It also featured in a 1989 British commercial for Carling Black Label lager which reused footage in a Dam Busters parody sequence in which a German soldier on top of a dam was catching the bombs in the manner of a football goalkeeper. The pilot of the attacking Lancaster then delivers the brand slogan: "I bet he drinks Carling Black Label!" The commercial ran for many years, frequently appearing in commercial breaks in both the 1955 film and documentaries about Operation Chastise.

 

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