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Why are there so few Lancasters still flying?

I can give you lots of reasons, but as with most things they all really boil down to one: MONEY. Perhaps the first challenge with preserving any classic warbirds in airworthy "flying exhibit" ...
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Why are there so few Lancasters still flying?

Another point that decreases the life of items constructed in wartime, is that raw materials are in particularly short supply and that one must make-do with what is on hand. Consider that the British ...
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Why are there so few Lancasters still flying?

Most relevant faactors have been covered, but a summary may help newcomers. While the service life may have been short (I recollect a figure of 42 hrs as the average service life of a Lancaster) this ...
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Why are there so few Lancasters still flying?

This is just my personal opinion, but I think bomber aircraft have more ethical issues associated with them than fighter aircraft, and so are probably less popular. Spitfires are strongly associated ...
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Why are there so few Lancasters still flying?

The Longest Day (1962) and A Bridge Too Far (1977) featuring Spitfires each grossed about \$50m while the only significant film featuring the Lancaster, The Guns of Navarone (1961) only grossed about \...
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What was the most efficient cruising altitude of the Lancaster bomber?

The Lancasters regularly cruised above 20,000 ft, near their service ceiling of 21,400 ft at 63,000 lbs. Nine model B.III's were converted to B.VI's by installing two-stage superchargers. This ...
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How many variations are there of the Avro Lancaster?

There were twenty-three different variants, according to Wikipedia: British-built variants (13) Ten combat variants (B.I, B.I Special, B.I (FE), B.II, B.III, B.III Special, B.IV [Lincoln B 1], B.V [...
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Why are there so few Lancasters still flying?

Another factor to consider: The Lanc is not alone in being produced in large numbers, but having few flyable examples. The US B24 was produced in great numbers, but there are only two flyable ...
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