Lancaster ‘Just Jane’ goes back to basics

A lovely colour view of Avro Lancaster B.VII NX611 (G-ASXX) at Biggin Hill in May 1965 when it was owned by the Historic Aircraft Preservation Society. ROY BONSER-KEC

The stripping and inspection of Avro Lancaster B.VII NX611 Just Jane has entered a new phase at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre (LAHC) in East Kirkby, with the refitting of many components prior to a return to ground-running condition. The ultimate aim is to return the bomber to the sky.

To begin the survey, the paint had to be removed, which proved to be an onerous task, taking considerably longer than expected. Some areas of the markings, such as the roundels, were refreshed regularly during NX611’s time as RAF Scampton’s gate guard – the result was that the paint was up to ten layers thick in some places.

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