BBMF C-47 Dakota flying in April 2022

Header image: A dramatic picture of BBMF C-47 Dakota ZA947 on a ‘hangar break’ during its first flight of the year on 13th April. (Photo: Lisa Harding)

Many regular readers of the Club newsletters will know that the BBMF C-47 Dakota, ZA947, became due a ‘Major’ maintenance programme at the end of the 2021 display season, but contractual difficulties kept the ‘Dak’ in the BBMF hangar. Excellent work by the BBMF engineering team across the winter period, with a focussed package of winter servicing and out-of-phase maintenance, allowed an extension of 10 flying hours for the Dakota before its scheduled ‘Major’.

Win an internal tour of BBMF Lancaster PA474

Header image: A tour of the inside of Lancaster PA474 and its cockpit is waiting for the lucky winner of this month's ballot prize. (PA474 has dual controls, unlike operational wartime Lancasters.) (Photo: John Dibbs)

This month one lucky member of the RAF Memorial Flight Official Club will win a ‘money cannot buy it’ opportunity to experience what it is like inside BBMF Lancaster PA474, which is very representative of operational wartime Lancasters, with the exception of having dual controls.


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