This year we are celebrating the 80th anniversary of the first flight of the Lancaster. Our virtual Lancaster Challenge event has seen more than 5,000 participants from around the world using the Challenge as motivation to keep moving during lockdown, to show support for the RAF Museum and to learn more about the Lancaster through our ‘Legacy of the Lancaster’ talk.
With less than a month to go until the Challenge closes on 17 May, the anniversary of the Lancaster’s famous Operation Chastise, better known as the Dambusters Raid, we are taking a look back at not one, not two, but three Lancaster 360 images we have shared over the last year.
Today we are taking you onboard the Avro Lancaster 1 on display in Hangar 5 at the RAF Museum London, with three 360 images for you to explore. Look around the cockpit, rear turret and Bomb Aimer positions.
The Avro Lancaster was arguably the most famous, and certainly the most successful heavy bomber operated by the RAF during the Second World War. It’s impressive performance and excellent flying characteristics soon established its superiority over its rivals. Lancaster’s not only made a major contribution to Bomber Command’s night offensive on Germany, it also assisted in turning the tide of the great land battles of 1944 during tactical daylight operations in the Caen region.
If you missed the ‘Legacy of the Lancaster’ talk when it first aired, you can now view it on our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fbdy7_Du1o
If you’re taking part in the Lancaster Challenge, why not join the RAF Museum Virtual Running Group page and hear some of the incredible stories our participants are sharing about their connections to the Lancaster, as they work towards their 80K, 150K and 500K target. https://www.facebook.com/groups/RAFMVirtualRunning
You can learn more about the Lancaster, and other aircraft within our collection on our website www.rafmuseum.org.