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Two Lancasters fly together for the last time

Lancasters over Lincoln Cathedral Image copyright Sarah Whittaker
Image caption The Lancasters, known as Vera and Thumper, were reunited for a series of UK events

Crowds gathered to bid farewell to the Canadian Lancaster plane which has been touring the UK over the summer.

"Vera" joined the only other airworthy Lancaster, operated by the RAF, for a series of events and is now flying home via Iceland and Greenland.

Taking off from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, the two bombers were joined by Spitfires and Hurricanes.

Vera still has a UK engine after one of its own developed a fault and an appeal has been launched to fund repairs.

Image copyright Sean Strange
Image caption "Vera" has been based at RAF Coningsby during its visit to the UK

The aircraft passed over RAF Cranwell, RAF Waddington, Lincoln Cathedral and RAF Scampton, before leaving the area.

It is estimated each of the Lancasters has flown about 6,000 miles attending dozens of shows and events.

These included a flypast of the Derwent dams where the Dambusters practised.

Image caption Crowds gathered at the RAF base on Tuesday to see her leave
Image copyright Sean Strange
Image caption Vera and Thumper left RAF Coningsby shortly after 10:00 BST and flew to Lincoln
Image copyright Nigel Shier
Image caption This shot was captured by Nigel Shier as the aircraft flew over Waddington
Image caption Spectators gathered on a footbridge in view of Lincoln Cathedral to watch the Lancasters fly over the city
Image copyright Sean Strange
Image caption The cathedral was a landmark for many bomber crews returning from missions

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