This weekend was very special for me, because it was the first time I saw an Avro Lancaster in flight. When I was a child I heard so much about the “Queen of the Sky” from my Grandfather, who flew in Lancasters during the Second World War and spent the rest of his life talking about them in raptures, but I had only seen them in museums before now.
I know that the U.K. only has one flying Lancaster at the moment, a beautiful creature looked after by the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and I heard that it was going to do a fly past to mark Armed Forces Day this year. As I saw the Lancaster, escorted by a Hurricane and a Spitfire, it was the most incredible feeling. The hair stood up on the back of my neck. The roar of the engines reverberated within me. I was speechless. Tears welled up in my eyes.
Everything that my Grandad used to say about the Lancaster is true – she really is the Queen of the Sky.
Prizes for readers who can tell the Spitfire from the Hurricane 😉