The history of the Avro Lancaster

Developed from the flawed Avro Manchester, the Lancaster went on to become Bomber Command’s weapon of choice. As its 80th birthday nears, Key.Aero looks back at the famous bomber’s evolution and service career

In the early stages of World War 2, Britain’s bomber force largely consisted of twin-engined, medium-capacity aircraft types including the Armstrong Whitworth Whitley, Handley Page Hampden and Vickers Wellington. 

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