British skies are destined to be blessed by a second airworthy Avro Lancaster, the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre’s magnificent ‘Just Jane’. Steve Beebee spoke to project leader Andrew Panton, with photography by Martin Keen

A bird’s eye view of NX611 looking as fresh as it did on the day it left the factory

When it happens, it is likely to be the biggest story in British aircraft restoration since the return to flight of Avro Vulcan XH558 in 2007. Some might class it as even more significant than that. What a prospect – a second Avro Lancaster flying in British skies – and based just a few miles from the home of the first, the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s legendary PA474. It would also boost the world’s population of airworthy Lancasters to three, the other being the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s B.X, FM213.

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