Lancaster bomber to visit Manchester for AVRO Centenary
Date published: 05 May 2010
A Lancaster bomber is to visit Manchester for the AVRO Centenary on 16 May.
The Aviation Society (TAS) is pleased to announce that the AVRO Lancaster of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) will visit Manchester on Sunday 16 May 2010.
The visit forms part of the commemoration of the centenary of the founding in Manchester on 1st January 1910 of A.V. Roe & Company Ltd, the first company in the world to be set up for the sole purpose of designing and manufacturing flying machines.
The world war 2 bomber which was designed and produced in Manchester will perform a flypast over various points in Greater Manchester on Sunday 16 May 2010 as follows:
- 16.25 hrs – Manchester Airport – Aviation Viewing Park, Travelling from East to West along runway 23R
Early Lancasters were test flown from Ringway
- 16.32 hrs – Barton Dock Rd, Trafford Park - Travelling from Eccles towards Stretford
The Metropolitan-Vickers shadow factory produced Lancasters on what is now the site of Asda ,Costco & Barton Square. The Ford Motor Company shadow factory produced Rolls-Royce Merlin engines for the Lancaster on what is now the site of Merlin Park, next to Kelloggs
- 16.35 hrs – Manchester Town Hall - Travelling from Stretford towards Oldham
- 16.26 hrs – Brownsfield Mill – Gt Ancoats St -Travelling from Stretford towards Oldham
Brownsfield Mill was the location of Alliott Verdon-Roe’s first factory. The mill was owned by his brother Humphrey Verdon-Roe, who had a textile business there and who later married Marie Stopes of family planning fame
Alliott Vertdon-Roe built his early aircraft in the basement of the mill
- 16.38 hrs – Bae Systems factory – Greengate – Middleton - Travelling from Manchester Centre towards Chadderton
The Avro factories at Greengate and Newton Heath were the main production line for the Avro Lancaster.
The above timings are all approximate and weather permitting and are based on the assumption that the runway in use at Manchester International Airport is 23Right, (which is the normal pattern for more than 80% of operations), if due to the prevailing wind the runway in use is 05Left then the routing will be in the reverse direction, with the aircraft starting from the BAe factory at Greengate at 16.25 hrs. The aircraft will fly at 1000 ft, except for Manchester Airport where the altitude will be 100 ft.
The prototype AVRO Lancaster made its first flight from Manchester Ringway Airport on Thursday, 9 January 1941. A total of 7,377 Lancasters of all marks were built throughout the duration of WW2, each at a 1943 cost of £45-50,000 (approximately equivalent to £1.4-1.6 million in 2010 currency).
The BBMF aircraft is one of only two airworthy Lancasters in the world, the other being in Canada.
The Aviation Society or TAS as it is widely known, is based at Manchester Airport. It is the largest aviation society outside London with over 1200 members and 38 years of unbroken experience. The aim of the Society is to bring together people with the same interest and provide them with the best facilities and information possible.