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VIDEO: Lancaster taxi run at East Kirkby Airshow

By AlexColman  |  Posted: September 17, 2012

Lancaster NX611, 'Just Jane' performed two taxi runs at East Kirkby Airshow.

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Lancaster bomber, NX611, 'Just Jane' impressed crowds with two taxi runs at the East Kirkby Airshow in Lincolnshire on September 15.

The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at RAF East Kirkby is home to the historic aircraft and the display attracted spectators from across the country.

Each of the Lancaster's four, 1640 horsepower, Rolls-Royce Merlin 24 engines fired up and the bomber took to the airfield, performing two taxi run passes in each of the two displays.

Then, pilot Mike Leckey, lined 'Just Jane' up to face the crowd, showing off its 102ft span.

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Mike Leckey flew both the Lancaster and Dakota in the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight between 2000 and 2009 and was asked by the museum to taxi 'Just Jane'.

He said: "Flying the aircraft in the peacetime environment is stressful because it is a priceless artefact and you've got thousands of people watching.

"When you get away from the display circuit in transit the emotion of privilege takes over but it is a difficult old aeroplane to fly."

Watch the video of the Lancaster NX611 'Just Jane' taxi run with pilot, Mike Leckey talking about the challenges of flying the aircraft.

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