YouTube – Lancaster Bomber
4 x 1,460 hp. ea.
6 x .303 /2 x .50
69 ft. 4 in.
The prototype Lancaster Bomber, produced by Avro, utilized a longer wing than its predecessor and was powered by Rolls Royce produced Merlin engines. It first flew on January 9, 1941. After a number of promising prototype test flights, the production aircraft first took to the air on May 13, 1941, with full deployment in 1942. It had only some minor modifications to the prototype aircraft.
Early model Lancaster Bomber aircraft carried a maximum of 14,000 lbs. of ordnance. However, later models had their bomb bay doors modified to accommodate a single 22,000 lb. Grand Slam bomb.
Eventually the aircraft were equipped with engines which were manufactured by the U.S. Packard Motor Corp. under license by Rolls Royce. That was because Rolls Royce engine production reached maximum levels with many of their engines going into fighter aircraft.
The Lancaster Bomber may best be remembered for the Dam buster raids and the German battleship Tripitz missions.
During World War II the bombers were supplied to some 57 English squadrons. They flew 156,192 missions and dropped over 608,000 tons of ordnance.
Although the RAF stopped using them by 1963, some Lancaster Bomber aircraft were still flying operationally into the eighties.
The Lancaster Bomber was in production until Oct. of 1945. Some 7,380 were built.
The magnificent Lancaster Bomber built by Carl Bachhuber has a wingspan of 14 ft. 2 in. and is powered by four Zeonah G-23 engines. The bright covering is polyester Mylar metal tape.
Tony Nijuis Designs has plans or a short kit of the Lancaster Bomber. It has a wingspan of 72″ with a length of 51″. It is of all wood construction with provision for retracts. Four PO-2830-1350 motors turning three blade 8 x 4 in. propellers are recommended to power the 6 1/2 lb. model.
Laser Cut Kits has an all wood construction Lancaster Bomber kit for experienced builders. It has a 136 in. wingspan and 93 in length.