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"Welcome Home" by rOEN911 "Welcome Home" by rOEN911
The Avro Lancaster is a British four-engined Second World War heavy bomber designed and built by Avro for the Royal Air Force (RAF). It first saw active service with RAF Bomber Command in 1942 and, as the strategic bombing offensive over Europe gathered momentum, it became the main heavy bomber used by the RAF, the RCAF, and squadrons from other Commonwealth and European countries serving within the RAF, overshadowing its close contemporaries the Handley Page Halifax and Short Stirling.[1] The "Lanc", as it was affectionately known,[2] thus became the most famous and most successful of the Second World War night bombers, "delivering 608,612 tons of bombs in 156,000 sorties."[3]
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covewood Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Currently there is 2 or so left it the world and one is currently being refurbished here in southern Alberta. They had one pilot due to the risk of being shot from the sky they would only lose one pilot and not two. The one still standing's pilot is still alive as well, and they would typically carry only 7 crewmen. I've been in both and they are incredible! You squat for about a third since it's so tiny up front but the back is unreal, you can stand with plenty of headroom! At the back, there is a gunner who would endure 10 hour shifts in the freezing cold watching for any "followers" or attacks.

I'm more of an Army girl myself, but if I had the opportunity I would choose the Langcaster on the spot!
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ShadowRaven2006 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Back during the war, my Grandfather was a bomb loader, and machine gun maintenance officer on Lancasters. He had a painting of a pair of them up on his wall at home, one of the very few things about the war that he had on display. He loved those old birds, and he shared his love with me. He's gone now, but every time I see a picture of a Lancaster it reminds me of him, and brings a smile.
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Cpl-Highway Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Really nice !

One crashed close to my home in Normandy during WW2 near "Falaise's cauldron" where German army was destroyed.
7 crew members were killed. It was flying too low, thinking it was above friendly area....but german flack was there.

In a perimeter of 3km, a P38 ligthning, a Boston A20 and a Hurricane are there too...
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TheRealDarkRevan Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
ain't that too sunny?
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TopGunSGA Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Brilliant
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ARI4PHANTINEXX Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
looks awesome.
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :)
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magenguy Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My grandpa flew one of theses :')
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HORCH Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Nice work.

Interesting angle - as you can see the starboard side of the number 1 engine, straight on to number 2 and port side of the fuselage, 3 & 4 engines.

looking straight on to no2 eng, landing gear and wheel would imply its flying straight towards you, yes/no??? maybe some crazy lense/angle thing. or that the viewer/point of view is directly in the landing path.
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onthesquare Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
not crazy...just perspective!
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