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This is a shot, taken a few years ago, is of Avro Lancaster PA474 of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - one of only two airworthy Lancasters left in the world of the 7377 built.Built in 1945 she entered service as hostilities were ending. Now as part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight her identification is periodically changed. From 1994 to 1999 PA474 was seen wearing the markings of W4964, 'WS-J', Johnnie Walker, an aircraft of IX Squadron. This aircraft took part in the first attack on the Tirpitz from Russia and flew over one hundred operational sorties.

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Lens:Sigma 28-200 zoom
Title:Still Going Strong
Username:BrianM BrianM
Uploaded:15 Dec 2004 - 10:20 AM
Tags:Transport
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chrisbooth
chrisbooth  10 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2004 - 10:36 AM

great shot of the nose showing the nose art, lots of detail

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jimbo_t
jimbo_t  11959 forum posts England
15 Dec 2004 - 11:03 AM

I was fortunate a few years ago to be allowed on her and sat in the pilots seat with my grandad who was a flight engineer on the Lanc!!!
Great day, thanks for the reminder!
Jim

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Kris_Dutson
15 Dec 2004 - 1:15 PM

Greta study. Is her other identity 'City of Lincoln' by any chance?

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Gavin
Gavin  10
16 Dec 2004 - 3:02 AM

Great shot.

Gavin

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BrianM
BrianM  11 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2004 - 11:24 AM

Thanks all for taking a look and for your comments, all appreciated. I wish the detail had been a little better but this was taken against a background of a bright but overcast sky and through a wire mesh fence

Jim - pleased it brought back memories, I'm quite envious of you. I may not have been aboard but I do see the aircraft quite often as when it goes out for displays it usally flies over Lincoln and the 'drome at RAF Waddington which is not far distant from me, always know when it's about by the sound of those 4 Merlin engines.

Ex - Yes, it is also City of Lincoln.

If anyone wants to know details of the markings it has carried recently and the stories of the aircraft details can be found on the BBMF website.

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Atlas  11621 forum posts United Kingdom
16 Dec 2004 - 12:38 PM

Great image Brian and good lighting, would have been nice with a blue sky but the paintwork probably wouldn't shine like it is here ☼☼☼☼☼

Rob

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ericfaragh  11121 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Dec 2004 - 2:28 PM

Nice detail Brian, well done.

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BrianM  11 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2004 - 1:26 AM

Thanks for taking a look Rob & Eric, and for the comments, appreciated as always.

Rob - yes, a blue sky would have been nice and I did have a go at changing it but with all the glass/perspex panels it looked false so I reverted to the original - also considered B&W but it but this version looked best to me.

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headskiesfly e2 Member 11headskiesfly vcard Austria
18 Dec 2004 - 8:36 AM

Very strong image Brian and the tones are really super, made all the better by your crop.
Richard

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old timer  1055 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2004 - 10:20 AM

I think this is excellent, Brian. The crop is perfect for me.
Jim

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BrianM  11 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2004 - 11:38 AM

Thanks for taking a look Richard & Jim, and for the comments, appreciated as always. The crop was rather dictated by the proximity of the fence and other obstacles so I can really take no credit for it.

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speeedyblue2
18 Dec 2004 - 3:52 PM

Super tones and lighting Brian and an interesting description.

Mary

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BrianM  11 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2004 - 1:37 AM

Thanks for viewing, Mary. Pleased you liked it. I'd forgotten about this old capture until I came across it the other day looking for another image.

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lordposh
lordposh  1045 forum posts United Kingdom
8 Feb 2005 - 10:40 PM

Like it Brain.... brings back a few memories of Airfix models of the Lancaster I used to build.....

Roger

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BrianM  11 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2005 - 10:34 AM

Thanks for taking a look Roger, pleased you like it. Aifix models, memories indeed, do kids still make them or are they the preserve of adults now?

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user_absconded
24 Feb 2005 - 11:38 AM

I see what you mean about the title. I'm hopeless at titles. Yes, am very happy to have suggestions on my pictures, very often people spot things that I've overlooked, and all ideas for improvement welcome. Smile
I did look at this plane when you uploaded it but couldn't think of a single thing to say about it, I still can't but have a click anyway. Smile

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BrianM  11 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2005 - 12:17 PM

Thanks, Lydia. Just a bit of nostalgia really without much photographic merit. The sound of the Merlins engines on this beast always seem to send a sort of shiver through me and if I hear it I usually go out of the house to watch it.

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