Lancaster Bomber flypast for 1940s-themed Tractor Fest

A Lancaster Bomber is to be flown over this year’s Tractor Fest at Newby Hall – a fitting addition to the show’s 1940s theme and commemoration of the outbreak of World War II.

The flypast by the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) will take place on both days of Tractor Fest on June 8 and 9.

The Avro Lancaster Bomber is the most famous and successful RAF heavy bomber of World War Two.

It is one of only two Lancaster aircraft remaining in airworthy condition out of the 7,377 that were built. The other is with the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario.

Kevin Watson, chairman of the Yorkshire Vintage Association which stages Tractor Fest, said: “We are thrilled that the Lancaster Bomber flypast by the BBMF is taking place on both days of Tractor Fest. Having the flypast is a great honour, given we are marking the outbreak of World War Two with a 1940s theme.”

The BBMF operates from RAF Coningsby, a Typhoon and fighter base in Lincolnshire. Flown by regular serving RAF aircrew, the BBMF also operates six Spitfires, two Hurricane Mk 2cs, a C47 Dakota and two Chipmunk aircraft.

Tractor Fest is the largest outdoor Tractor Festival in the UK. As part of its 1940s theme, there will be displays of vintage tractors from the era, including the Fordson N tractor – ‘the tractor that won the war’ and was widely used by the RAF for plane towing, as well as by the Women’s Land Army.

Tractor Fest will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Fordson N tractor with a display of 90 Fordsons – one for each year of manufacture. Produced by Henry Ford & Son, the Fordson was the most ubiquitous tractor in the UK during World War II. Its reliability and affordability made it possible for many farmers to own a tractor for the first time as it was cheaper to maintain than horses.

Tractor Fest celebrates all things tractor, showcasing both vintage and modern marques, cars, lorries, stationary engines, crawlers and motorcycles from around the UK and abroad.

The annual two-day festival attracts more than 12,000 visitors and 1,500 exhibits.


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