After service in Europe, flying over the dangerous skies of Europe in the Second World War, this aircraft was modified to map the Canadian Arctic, reports CBC News. According to them, this Lancaster bomber, KB-822, is one of the last of its kind in the world and will soon return to Edmonton, where it flew missions over the Arctic to explore northern Canada, revealing secrets about this area, after the war.
Beginning in 1946, Lancaster Mk Xs were modified for service with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Fourteen were modified for aerial and photo-reconnaissance work and performed much of the mapping of northern Canada until as late as 1962.
According to the CBC News's journalist, the massive heavy bomber, built in Ontario, is one of the last surviving Lancasters. Lancaster bomber became the main heavy bomber used by the RAF, the RCAF, and squadrons from other Commonwealth and European countries serving within the RAF. Lancaster bomber is often referred to as the bomber that won the war for the allies.
Of the 7,000 built during the war, only 17 remain — including KB-882. This bomber was one of the few Lancasters built in Canada, it started its life in an Ontario factory in 1944. It was moved to Britain, where it flew 11 missions during the war... (listen to the story here)