A group of visitors from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario, is in town this week for the UK launch of their thrilling documentary about the UK tour of VeRa, one of only two Lancaster bombers in the world still flying. The film will be shown to the UK public for the first time tomorrow at 1pm, in the Kinema in the Woods. Commissioned by the Warplane Museum and produced by Suddenly Seemore Productions during Vera’s amazing British adventure last summer, the film was recently distributed and screened to full houses in cinemas throughout Canada, for free.
Returning to Woodhall Spa for the launch, the Canadian party includes many of those who came over here last summer to bring together the two World War II giants, VeRa and Thumper, based at the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight in nearby Coningsby, for their seven-week UK tour.
Among our Canadian guests in town today are three pilots, including Dave Rohrer, Chief exectutive of the Warplane Museum, documentary maker Morgan Elliott, Vice President of Operations Pam Rickards, two flight engineers and the chief engineer.
Tickets for the first public showing tomorrow sold quickly, but you can buy the the film on DVD from the Lincolnshire Aviation Museum at East Kirkby, or from their online store, price £19.99. Check availability on Twitter @CWHM
From the mandate of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum:
To acquire, document, preserve and maintain a complete collection of aircraft flown by Canadians and the Canadian military services from the beginning of World War II to the present. To instruct, educate and entertain the general public through the maintenance and rotation of displays, flight demonstration, special events and activities. To provide facilities for the restoration and protection, interpretation and exhibits of the collection. To maintain supportive exhibits in tribute to the thousands of men and women who built, serviced and flew these aircraft and in memory of those who did not return. [CWHM Mandate]