Larne Armed Forces Day 2023: Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster bomber to make rare appearance this weekend

The Armed Forces Day in Larne this weekend is to be wowed with a rare appearance from the spectacular Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster bomber.
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The Lancaster is famed for its WWII attack on the major dams of western Germany in 1943 by RAF No. 617 Squadron, which was later called ‘the Dambusters’. They famously used a purpose-built ‘bouncing bomb’ developed by Sir Barnes Wallis in order to destroy the dams and achieve their mission.

Those attending will also have the chance to see a fly past by the current RAF P8 Poseidon. The Boeing’s Poseidon MRA1 (P-8A) is a multi-role maritime patrol aircraft, equipped with sensors and weapons systems for anti-submarine warfare, as well as surveillance and search and rescue missions.

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The appearance of the Lancaster replaces the planned display by Spitfire and Hurricane fighters.

The famed WII Lancaster Bomber will appear in Larne this weekend.The famed WII Lancaster Bomber will appear in Larne this weekend.
The famed WII Lancaster Bomber will appear in Larne this weekend.

Thousands of visitors from across NI and beyond are expected to come out in force for an epic day of celebrations to honour the Armed Forces community – serving troops, reserves, cadets, veterans and their families – for their service and sacrifice at home and overseas.

The action-packed day will also feature performances from the Band of the Royal Irish Regiment, a fantastic Military Village, interactive & static military displays, a parachute display by Silver Stars Royal Logistics Corp an Army Air Corp Gazelle helicopter (static display).

Taking to the stage will be talented musicians from The Music Yard in Larne, The Swingtime Starlets and righteous rock and soul brothers The Gold Tips.

For full details about Armed Forces Day, including the programme, information on getting to the event and parking, visit