Visitors to this year’s Southport Air Show are set to witness a once in a lifetime meeting between the last two airworthy Lancaster Bombers.

The appearance by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Lancaster Bomber is part of a month long visit to the UK, which is unlikely to ever happen again. The Canadian Lancaster, which arrived in England on August, 8, will now undergo some scheduled maintenance before the teams begin training in preparation for the show.

The historic flight will take place as part of the Great War Memorial at this year’s Southport Air Show, which takes place on September, 20 and 21, and visitors will have the chance to view a formation flight between the two Lancaster Bombers, a Spitfire and a Hurricane.

Cllr Ian Maher, Cabinet Member Regeneration and Tourism, said: “It is fantastic that the 23rd Southport Airshow will be host to such an historical moment and reaffirms our position as one of the leading Airshows in the UK.

“The flight will ensure that our Great War commemorations are the centrepiece of the show and it will provide a memorable moment for the whole audience.”

Along with the two Lancaster Bombers, set to appear from the RAF is the Typhoon, Tucano and Tutor. The Navy will bring their Black Cats Lynx, Merlin HM2 and their Sea King Search and Rescue Demo while the Army Air Corps will showcase a Lynx AH7.

Civilian aircraft set to appear at the Southport Air Show includes the Hurricane – Hangar 11, The Blades, Huey, Sea Fury T20 – Royal Navy Historic Flight, Spitfire XIX – Rolls Royce and the Great War Team.

Tickets are only £7.32 (including all fees) if booked in advance with children under 5 free. Car parking is £6 per car but cannot be pre booked.

For more information and to book tickets click on or call 01704 533333.

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