Airport announces plans for ‘Mynarski’ Lancaster visit


One of the most historic aircraft in the world is touring the UK this summer - and one of the highlights of its visit will be when it flies into Durham Tees Valley Airport.

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Avro Lancaster bomber, one of only two still flying, is named after Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski, who flew with the Canadian Royal Air Force from the airport site—then known as RAF Middleton St George - and was posthumously awarded the VC after giving his life whilst attempting to save a colleague when their Lancaster was shot down in June 1944.

The Canadian Lancaster is visiting Durham Tees Valley tomorrow, Thursday, August 28th, and the airport has planned a programme of events to mark the event…and the opportunity for people to view the aircraft.

Says Airport Manager Shaun Woods

We are enormously proud to host this visit and I know that the organisers from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum see this as one of the highlights of the Lancaster’s tour given our unique connection with the Royal Canadian Air Force and, of course, Andrew Mynarski whose statue stands outside the St George Hotel.

We were expecting that the visit would generate a lot of interest and indeed passes for the event sold out in less than three days. We obviously needed to make arrangements to ensure the visit goes smoothly which is why we asked people to pre-book visitor passes. All profits from the event will go to Warplane Heritage Museum.

Obviously the Lancaster will be the star of the show but we have organised many other events and attractions, including displays from aircraft, classic cars and emergency service vehicles, with refreshments available throughout the day.

The event will run from 11.00am to 6.00pm and visitors will have the chance to view the Lancaster and also see it performing a flypast around 3.00pm.

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