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.