12 MERLINS ROCK EAST KIRKBY

Five thousand fans and WWII enthusiasts flooded the Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby to witness an event surely never to be seen again, when three Lancaster bombers were reunited.  It has to be to only place on the earth where this sight could be witnessed, and Primetime were there to document it for the Aviation Heritage Centre.

The 69 year old Canadian Lancaster made the epic journey across the Atlantic in August 2014, and stayed in Lincolnshire before returning home again safely (although they had to borrow a BBMF engine) September 28th, 2014.  ‘Thumper’, as the Canadian Lanc is affectionately known, made many tours and trips about the UK with RAF Coningsby’s ‘City of Lincoln’ allowing thousands to witness this unique pairing.

The material recorded at East Kirkby is due to be released in the next Just Jane DVD installment, hopefully being released later this year. The short film will draw on recollections of the Lavenham team who last restored NX611 to flight in the 1960s, using their archive film and photographs. We’ll be telling this story in preparation for the inevitable return to flight of NX611 which has started in ernest and which we’ve been filming. You can read their regular return-to-flight maintenance updates on their website here.  What sight could better illustrate this wonderful anticipated event than the Canadian and BBMF Lancasters flying together over Just Jane?

Primetime has produced a detailed range of Just Jane NX611 DVDs which are available now from the Aviation Heritage Centre online store or from Primetime Video’s site.  Both sites also stock the DVD release of ‘Return of Giants’, detailing the whole journey made by the Canadian Lancaster team including both Atlantic crossings.