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20/10/2015

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LANCASTER BOMBER FLYPAST SCHEDULED FOR YEOVIL SHOW 2017

THE YEOVIL SHOW 2017 is to be honoured with a flypast by one of the two remaining airworthy Lancaster Bombers left in the world. 

The Royal Air Force Events Team has notified the organisers that the Flypast will take place on the second day of the two day show – Sunday 16th July.  Precise timings will be confirmed closer to the show dates.

Last year’s Yeovil Show, which returned to the Yeovil Showground after an absence of some fifty years, was promised a Lancaster Bomber Flypast though the historic aircraft was pronounced out of action at the last minute and replaced with a Spitfire.

Sam Mackenzie Green, the Event Director said:-  ‘The Spitfire was absolutely amazing, thrilling the crowds as it dipped and dived over the Showground but we know that many Bomber fans were disappointed by the last minute cancellation.  So it is with great excitement, that we received notification from the RAF Events Team this week that the Bomber is not only back in action, but that they have selected our Show as the one in Somerset to attend.’

The Yeovil Show takes place over the weekend of July 15th and 16th.  

Early Bird Tickets:

Until midnight on May 31st, you still have the opportunity to purchase early bird tickets at £10 per adult (all kids go free). Visit the Yeovil Show website at www.yeovilshow.org to order yours today. From June 1st ticket prices rise of £12.00 and they cost £15.00 on the gate. 

Seven things you might not know about the Lancaster Bomber. 

  • The Lancaster, under bomber command, flew 156,000 sorties
  • The Lancaster dropped 609,000 tons of explosive bombs and 50 million incendiary bombs
  • A total of 7,377 Lancasters were made after the first one rolled off the production line in 1941.
  • The Lancaster could accommodate a crew of 7 - a pilot, flight engineer, navigator, bomb aimer, wireless operator, mid-upper and rear gunners
  • The Lancaster was famous for carrying and releasing the ‘Bouncing Bomb’, a bomb that could bounce to its target across water. 
  • The Lancaster was just over 21 metres long, had a wingspan of 31 metres and a flying range of 4,000 km.
  • There are 17 Lancaster Bombers in existence, two of which are airworthy and one of which is coming to the Yeovil Show!