Lancaster bomber set to grace Chesterfield's skies

A Lancaster bomber is expected to grace Chesterfield's skies over the weekend.

Thursday, 28th June 2018, 4:57 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th July 2018, 6:16 pm
A Lancaster bomber.

The iconic aircraft is planned to perform a flypast at 11.35am on Saturday as part of the Chesterfield Canal Festival, which is taking place at Staveley Town Basin (postcode S43 3XZ).

There is expected to be a flypast by a Dakota at 2.15pm the following day, Sunday.

More than 7,300 Lancaster bombers were built during Second World War but most were scrapped in the years after 1945.

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A Dakota.

There are now only two airworthy Lancaster bombers in the world

A Lancaster bomber last flew over Derbyshire in May to mark the 75th anniversary of the famous Dambusters raids.

Squadron Leader George 'Johnny' Johnson MBE - the last surviving member of the Dambusters raids - was on board the Second World War bomber as it soared over the Derwent dam in the Peak District.

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For more information about Chesterfield Canal Festival and the attractions on offer, visit www.chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk/festival