Avro Lancaster, Owners’ Workshop Manual

R1559
With only two surviving Lancasters in airworthy condition and a handful
able to taxi under power, producing an Owners' Workshop Manual was
always going to be an interesting challenge. The authors have risen to
the challenge and produced a very interesting manual that is largely
based on the RAF BBMF Lancaster PA474.
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NAME: Avro Lancaster, Owners' Workshop Manual

CLASSIFICATION: Book Reviews
FILE: R1559
DATE: 061009
AUTHOR: Jarrod Cotter, Paul Blackah
PUBLISHER: Haynes
BINDING: Hard back
PAGES: 160km
PRICE: GB £17.99
GENRE: Non fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, Bomber Command, Dam Busters, carpet bombing, precision 
bombing, Avro, Lancaster, Manchester, RAF, Battle of Britain Memorial 
Flight, heavy bombers, Rolls Royce Merlin
ISBN: 978-1-84425-463-7
IMAGE: B1559.jpg
LINKS: http://tinyurl.com/ 
DESCRIPTION: With only two surviving Lancasters in airworthy condition
and a handful able to taxi under power, producing an Owners' Workshop
Manual was always going to be an interesting challenge. The authors 
have risen to the challenge and produced a very interesting manual 
that is largely based on the RAF BBMF Lancaster PA474.This has 
produced a well illustrated book that includes photographs taken 
during major maintenance work on the RAF flying Lancaster. Many of 
the images are not in general circulation and provide a rounded 
insight into owning, restoring, servicing and flying a Lancaster bomber.
There is an adequate historical introduction, some coverage of the 
other flying Lancaster in the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, a 
table listing all 15 known surviving Lancasters, with some coverage 
of East Kirby-based NX611 which has been restored to taxi condition 
and may eventually be returned to the air. The Lancaster presents 
difficulties that are not faced by those restoring single engine 
warplanes because so few examples are known to exist and the size of 
a four engine airplane inevitably increases the cost of restoring and
maintaining an example to full flying condition. Very few four engine
warplanes of any type are currently in flying condition. A larger 
number of twin engine warplanes have returned to the air. However the
record with single engine fighter restoration shows what can be 
achieved and provides a source of spares for larger aircraft. The 
Merlin engine that powers the Lancaster is used by many flying single
engine warplanes and this promises a continuing supply of parts for 
the Lancaster. A strong industry has grown up to support what are now
large numbers of smaller heritage warplanes and each year sees 
increasing knowledge and ability to manufacture new components that 
meet current aircraft grade specifications. Therefore the possibility
of more Lancasters returning to flying condition cannot be ruled out.
This manual contains much information to assist those planning working
restorations and full flying rebuilds. The book also provides much for
all aircraft and engineering restoration enthusiasts.

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