A Lancaster Bomber took to the skies to celebrate an RAF squadron’s 95th anniversary. 100 Squadron, based at RAF Leeming, marked its birthday with a day combining celebrations and families.
As well as static displays of aircraft from across the UK and Europe, visitors to the event were treated to displays by the Blades, a civilian aerobatic display team comprised entirely of former Red Arrows pilots and the world-famous Red Arrows themselves.
For the evening celebration, current members of 100 Squadron stood alongside Association members and veterans as the Lancaster from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, taxied into the station
Officer Commanding 100 Squadron, Wing Commander Christian Gleave said: “We had a very large, diverse crowd for the event, which spanned generations. The very young guys are always humbled by the modesty of their predecessors.
“The Lancaster had battled through storms to get to us on time, and I looked around the hangar when it arrived. Of around 400 people there, there was not one who wasn’t in awe.
“It transcended time – I asked Ron Clarke, the original pilot of the Phantom, what he saw when he looked at the Lancaster. He replied: ‘ghosts’.”
“Our next milestone will be the 100th anniversary of 100 Squadron.
“But we have to remember that we potentially won’t have any veterans then. This has been a defining year for 100 Sqn: the 95th anniversary is very important for the veterans and it is the last year that the BBMF Lancaster will be painted in honour of 100 Squadron.”