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Less than three days after booking opened passes for the visit of one of the world’s most historic aircraft to Durham Tees Valley Airport later this month have sold out.
Airport officials say that the response from people wanting to see the Canadian Warplane Museum’s Lancaster bomber—one of only two still flying in the world—has been remarkable, meaning that the limit on the number of people and cars which can be accommodated for the visit on Thursday, August 28th, has now been reached.
The Lancaster—named after VC hero Andrew Mynarski who died whilst trying to rescue a colleague when their plane was shot down on a mission from the then Middleton St George airfield in 1944—is currently en route from Canada to begin a two-month tour of the UK, with to Durham Tees Valley seen as one of the highlights.
All profits from the event will go to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.
Says Airport Manager Shaun Woods “We always believed that, given the long-standing connections between our airfield and the Royal Canadian Air Force, there would be a lot of people wanting to see the Lancaster and that has been demonstrated by the pace at which people have been booking for passes.
“Obviously, in planning for the visit, we had to put limits on numbers and we have now reached that point. I expect that some people will be disappointed but I am sure everyone will realise that we have to consider how best to ensure safety and make it an enjoyable day for visitors.”
The event on August 28th 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. The event will also include other aircraft, together with classic vehicles and other attractions on show. There will be food and drink facilities and the St George Hotel is also organising a programme of events.