Lancaster Lineage

Vulcan prototype VX770, which flew barely a decade after the Lancaster (KEY COLLECTION

Dear Editor,

I was interested to read the World War Two’s Finest Bomber feature in the August issue, as the history of Bomber Command is a big passion of mine. The article rightly says about the Lancaster’s lineage, from Manchester to Shackleton, but the Boeing B-29 Superfortress also had long ‘legs’, serving post-war with the RAF as the Washington. It also ‘inspired’ the Soviet Tupolev Tu-4. [The Tu-4s were B-29 copies, made by reverse engineering methods using American-built Superforts as templates.]

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