Thanks to the hard work of volunteers and engineers, Lincolnshire’s iconic war plane, the Lancaster Bomber will continue to fly for 50 more years, it has been revealed.

The World War II plane flew again this week after being grounded for the majority of 2015, after an engine caught fire during a practice run in May.

However, the skies over Lincolnshire once again echoed with the sound of Lancaster PA474’s four Rolls-Royce Merlin engines, which has led engineers at the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight to believe they can keep the plane airborne until 2065, when it will be an incredible 120 years old!

The engineers went to work over the summer months to repair the aircraft, even using specially made parts. Of the over 7,000 Lancaster’s built, PA474 is one of only two surviving airworthy planes in the world, meaning extra special care was taken when repairing the aircraft.

The aircraft is now on a continuous maintenance cycle, which means that major work is scheduled every eight years, with minor work every four years. There will also be yearly maintenance, or after 120 flight hours.

Having such an important piece of history is back to a state where it is capable of flight is amazing news, especially as the plane will be around to teach future generations about its important role during WWII. Located at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, which itself is a World War II airfield, it is the only place to see a Lancaster Bomber in the UK, making it a very special place indeed.

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Photo courtesy of Marc Evans, under Creative Commons