A close derivative of the war-time Lancaster bomber, the Lancastrian was
fitted with streamlined nose and tail cones. Lancastrians were used as
long-range freighters, VIP transports, and jet engine test beds by the
RAF, as fast long-range airliners and mailplanes by Trans Canada Air
Lines, BOAC, BSAA, QUANTAS, and Alitalia, and as tankers by Flight
Refuelling Ltd. Charter operators were Skyways and Silver City.
Eighty-two aircraft were build, but most of them had vanished in
scrapyards by the early nineteen-fifties. In the immediate post-war
years, TCA offered twice-weekly Lancastrian flights from Dorval, Canada,
to Prestwick and London, while BOAC and BSAA (under chief pilot D.C.T.
Bennett) operated flights to Australia and South America, all based on a
rather uneconomical ratio of five crew to up to fourteen passengers. The
outbound leg from Hurn to Learmouth, Australia, took three days and well
over fifty hours flying time, with Lydda, Karachi, and Ceylon serving as
staging posts. BSAA's London to Buenos Aires flight took 56 hours.
Either way, one needs to have plenty of time on one's hands to recreate
these epic journeys. Gmax exterior model and textures by Manfred Jahn,
FDE and 2D panel by Paul Edwards (based on a panel by Phil Perrott of
Alphasim). The three texture sets included represent VM734 of 246
Squadron RAF, G-AGLY ("Norfolk") of BOAC, and G-AKFG of Flight
||20th May 2007, 10:45:54
||Manfred Jahn and Paul Edwards