The Lancastrian was a high-speed long-range transport conversion of the Lancaster bomber. The first conversions were made in Canada by Victory Aircraft Ltd for Trans-Canada Air Lines and were operated by this company on behalf of the Canadian government on transatlantic mail and passenger services between Montreal and Prestwick. The Canadian Lancastrians were fitted with Packard-built Rolls-Royce Merlin engines and accommodated ten passengers.
Production of the Lancastrian was later undertaken by Avro and deliveries were made to the RAF, BOAC and British South American Airways Corporation. The four main variants of the aircraft were: the Lancastrian C.I, a nine-seat version of which 23 were produced for the RAF but all but two were subsequently operated by BOAC; Lancastrian C.2, which was similar to the C.I and 38 were produced for the RAF; Lancastrian 3, initially for BSAAC, accommodating 13 passengers (18 eventually delivered, most for BOAC); and the C.4 for the RAF, eight of which were delivered.
|A three-view drawing (700 x 633)|
| MODEL||Lancastrian 1/C. Mk 2|
| ENGINE||4 x Rolls-Royce Merlin T.24/2|
| Take-off weight||29480 kg||64993 lb|
| Empty weight||13800 kg||30424 lb|
| Wingspan||31.09 m||102 ft 0 in|
| Length||23.42 m||77 ft 10 in|
| Height||5.94 m||20 ft 6 in|
| Wing area||120.49 m2||1296.94 sq ft|
| Max. speed||500 km/h||311 mph|
| Cruise speed||370 km/h||230 mph|
| Ceiling||9140 m||30000 ft|
| Range w/max.fuel||6680 km||4151 miles|
|Don Hoggett, donhog=talktalk.net, 16.03.2011|
In 1948/9 as a National Service flight mech I was stationed at the Central Flying School Hulavington.
We had 2 Lancastrians named Airies and Minerfer these were used for advanced training with flights to Malta and Gibralta
Such happy times
|Clerence, cbdaktari_vaihingenenz=web.de, 02.12.2010|
@ Leo Rudnicki, I quess you mean the "Stardust" Plane, wich was lost in 1947, with its mysterious last radio call "Stendec".
My questions to this aircraft would be:
How long have they been in production, and how long have they been in use? The only information about this, I could find yet, was that they "haven t been in use very long, because other Types could carry much more passengers".
It also seems to me, that there are two versions of them - one modificated from the original "Lancaster" Bomber plane, where the "replaced nose" looks very replaced (e.g. that one you can see on the Wikipedia page about the plane), and the other one, like the one in the picture up here, wich looks like "originally built as a passenger plane", I would say, with a different, more "galant" nose? Does anyone have some Informations for me about that?
|Sqn Ldr Garretts, garryjohn=dsl.pipex.com, 07.10.2009|
I have a questions please How much petrol could it carry as a refueling aircraft?
|leo rudnicki, leo_rudnicki=hotmail.com, 19.04.2009|
A Lancastrian, flying over the Andes to Santiago, Chile, encountered the Jetstream, unknown at the time, and calculated that they were over the mountains, when they weren't. They lost altitude in bad visibility and became one with a glacier, unfound for decades until the glacier gave them back, further down the mountain. This type was a testbed for early jet engines, replacing the outboard Merlins and making a much faster aircraft.
|debbie, debbaustin=gmail.com, 28.06.2007|
I have an insructional course handbook from1943, lancaster aircraft avro type 683 Mk 1&11. Does anyone know what it might be worth?
|SERGIO, TTE.BELLO=GMAIL.COM, 20.06.2007|
ESTE ES EL AVION QUE SE LLAMABA SPENDEC QUE EN 1947 SE ESTRELLO EN EL VOLCAN TUPUNGATO Y EN 1998 SE ENCONTRARON LOS RESTOS DE ESTE MISMO AVION.
|David Lindbergh, lindberghmail=yahoo.com.au, 10.05.2007|
My comment is really a question - Is it likely that it can be established from any source now so many years later what radio navigation equipment was actually fitted to BSAA's Lancastrians in Argentina in 1946/47?
|Max Watson, maxwatson=shaw.ca, 09.12.2006|
I remember this a/c touching down at Goose Bay in 1946,I also remember a couple of occasions when they landed with one engine out, but they always made it ok
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?