Mynarski Lancaster celebration visitor passes selling out quickly


Event organisers of the Mynarski Lancaster Bomber Celebration Day taking place at Durham Tees Valley Airport say they’ve had an unprecedented response since booking for passes to the event opened last night.

Hundreds of visitor passes have already been sold and today Airport Manager Shaun Woods urged anybody who does want to see one of the Canadian Warplane Herritage museum’s two historic Lancaster bombers on Thursday, August 28th to book quickly before the event reaches its capacity. All profits from the event will go to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

He explained:

The booking system on our website has been incredibly busy ever since it went online last night and what’s clear is that there is huge interest in seeing the Lancaster which, of course, has strong connections with the airport - it is named after Canadian airman Andrew Mynarski who was awarded a posthumous VC for trying to rescue a colleague when their plane was shot down on a mission from the airfield - then Middleton St George - during World War Two.

We obviously have to put a limit on the numbers of cars and people who can attend the event on August 28th and I really would urge anyone who does want to be there to get online quickly to avoid disappointment.

Visitor passes, costing £10 and allowing entry for up to four people and free car parking for the day, have to be booked in advance on In addition anyone wanting information about arrangements for the visit can email

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 at approximately 3.00pm. The event will also include other aircraft, together with classic vehicles and other attractions, to be on show, there’ll be food and drink facilities and the St George Hotel is also organising a programme of events.

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