Icelandic Airports Host Historic Lancaster

The Canadian Lancaster attracted large crowds and much press attention during its brief stay in Iceland. (Photo: Reykjavik Airport)
The Canadian Lancaster attracted large crowds and much press attention during its brief stay in Iceland.  (Photo: Reykjavik Airport)
The Canadian Lancaster attracted large crowds and much press attention during its brief stay in Iceland. (Photo: Reykjavik Airport)

Iceland’s Keflavik and Reykjavik Airports jointly hosted an extremely rare World War Two-era visitor over August 6-7.  The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Avro Lancaster – one of only two flying examples left in the world – staged through Iceland while en-route from its home at Hamilton International Airport in Ontario, Canada, to RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, UK.

The aircraft, which was the Royal Air Force’s primary bomber during World War Two, is undertaking a two-month tour of the UK.  During its UK stay it will link up with the only other flying Lancaster, which is operated by the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Weather permitting the Lancaster is due to leave Keflavik on the morning of Friday August 8 in time for a planned 13:30 local time arrival at Coningsby.

The aircraft will be the UK’s star aviation attraction this summer and tickets to see it up close on a public access day organised at Durham Tees Valley Airport sold out in just three days.