In partnership with The Avro Heritage Museum and Manchester Airport (as part of the airports 80th Anniversary Celebrations), The Aviation Society (TAS) have jointly organised a very unique evening in the Concorde Hangar at Manchester Airports Runway Visitor Park on Thursday 19th April.
Johnny Johnson MBE DFM - the last surviving member of the original Dambuster Squadron will be delivering a presentation about his role and the challenges an Avro Lancaster crew faced during “Operation Chastise” (2018 is the 75th Anniversary of the Dambuster raids).
The Avro Lancaster WWII bomber was constructed by Avro Employees primarily at factories throughout Greater Manchester. The very first flight of the aircraft took place from Ringway (Manchester Airport) on 9th January 1941. The Avro Lancaster was secretly modified in 1943 at Avro's famous Woodford factory in order to accommodate the “Bouncing Bomb” - designed for the Dambuster missions by Sir Barnes Wallis.
Guests of Honour at this very special evening will include:- Mary Stopes-Roe, (Daughter of Sir Barnes Wallis), Eric Verdon Roe (Grandson of Sir Alliott Verdon Roe - founder of the Avro Aircraft Company), Sir Charles Masefield – President of BAE Systems and former Avro Chief Test Pilot.
The evening will also include:- a selection of songs from the forties performed by “The Lancashire Belle”, Cream Tea / Sandwiches, rare films of the Lancaster and Dambuster Raids.