The Inside Story on legendary Lancaster Bombers

Morecambe's Vintage Festival came to a fitting climax with the fly-past of the only two airworthy Lancaster bombers in the world.
Morecambe's Vintage Festival came to a fitting climax with the fly-past of the only two airworthy Lancaster bombers in the world.
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A new book celebrates this summer’s historic Lancaster bomber flyovers.

For the first time in 50 years, 2014 has seen the last two airworthy Lancasters fly over the UK including at Morecambe’s Vintage By The Sea festival earlier this month.

Now in celebration of these momentous flyovers, ‘Lancaster: The Inside Story’ has been published by Haynes Manuals.

With more than 70 illustrations of theaircraft, the hardback includes cutaways giving the reader a chance to see in minute detail exactly why the Lancaster was such a unique and successful aircraft.

The heavy bomber is the most iconic to ever wear the markings of the Royal Air Force and David Curnock’s new book looks at the pivotal role the plane played in the winning of the Second World War.

It is most famous for the Dambusters raids in 1943, when 19 Lancaster bombers attacked German dams with Sir Barnes Wallis’ ‘bouncing bombs’.

A second book, ‘Spitfire: The Inside Story’, remembers the most famous fighter plane in the world.

Instantly recognisable, the Spitfire played a key role in winning the Battle of Britain.

It is also ingrained in British hearts and minds along with its brave pilots for the role it played throughout World War II.

This book investigates the role that the Spitfire played with illustrations to give the reader the inside story of what made the aircraft so special.

Author David Curnock worked as an aircraft engineer in the RAF for 23 years, befiore going on to write a number of aviation titles including ‘Little Book of Flight’, ‘The Royal Air Force – The Memorabilia Collection’, ‘Little Book of Concorde’, ‘RAF Aircraft of WWII’ and ‘Heroes of the Skies’.

*‘Lancaster: The Inside Story’ and ‘Spitfire: The Inside Story’ are both published by Haynes Manuals, RRP £7.99, www.haynes.co.uk