The UK’s only flying Lancaster bomber was seen above Bangor this morning.

The historic bomber, considered one of the most famous aircraft Britain has ever produced, only returned to the air in July this year following a major refurbishment. The Lancaster is usually based at RAF Coningsby in in Lincolnshire.

More than 7,300 Lancasters were built during World War Two but most were scrapped in the years after 1945. The Lancaster, formerly known as Thumper, is allowed to fly a strictly limited number of hours each year, in order to extend its airworthiness, of the 17 Lancasters in complete form, this is one of only two in the world permitted to fly.

The Lancaster flew over Bangor Cathedral and then circled the city of Bangor, this was part of RAF Valley’s annual Battle of Britain memorial service, which was held at Bangor Cathedral this morning.

The World War II Bomber Departed from Blackpool at 10:24am, before flying over Llandudno and then Bangor Cathedral at 10:45am, A5 Ogwen Valley, onto Shrewsbury Dingle Gardens at 11:12, returning to Blackpool at 11:48am

Posted by Gerallt Davies on Sunday, 17 September 2017