Rutland Lancaster Bomber flypast cancelled

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The 75th anniversary of the Dambusters raids celebrations, which were due to include a flypast near Sheffield tomorrow, are expected to be cancelled.

The iconic plane was due to take to the sky over the reservoir but the flight had to be cancelled due to the windspeed being outside of the Lancaster's flight limitations.

The flyover will now be conducted by a 29 Sqn Typhoon aircraft on Wednesday after weather conditions, particularly the wind, were considered too unsafe for the BBMF Lancaster, a Battle of Britain Memorial statement said.

The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is due to swoop over Derwent and Ladybower reservoirs in the Peak District to mark the 100th anniversary of the RAF and the 75th anniversary of the 617 Squadron Dambusters operation.

"We are so sorry to disappoint those who wishes to see our Lancaster fly as those original 617 Squadron aircraft did, but hope you will enjoy the might and the speed of world class, multi-role Typhoon".

The BBMF Lancaster is one of only two airworthy such craft in the world and in order to preserve her as much as possible there are strict limits on the weather conditions she can fly in.

Its age means it is only permitted to fly in certain weather conditions in order to preserve its airworthiness.

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