The AVRO Lancaster
The Avro Lancaster was developed from the twin engine Avro Manchester and was originally called the Manchester Mk III. The Manchester had suffered from the problems with its powerplant, the Rolls Royce Vulture 24 cylinder X-block engine. This engine was underpowered and suffered from frequent mechanical failure.
Roy Chadwick the designer of the Manchester developed the aircraft with four Rolls Royce Merlin "Power Egg" units on an extended wing. The major advantage of updating the Manchester was the 85% commonality with the Lancaster. The prototype Lancaster BT308 first flew on 9 January 1041 from RAF Ringway, Manchester, England.
The first production Lancasters were designated B.I and an initial order of 1,070 was placed, however in the end 7,377 were built. The B.I remained as the standard production aircraft. The B.III airframe was identical to the B.I except it was powered by Packard Merlin engines produced in the USA. 3030 B.III's were manufactured.
The B.I Special was adapted aircraft to take special bomb loads including the super-heavy "Tallboy" and "Grand-Slam" bombs. The Special had removed bomb doors, had upgraded engines, paddle propellers and gun turrets were removed and faired over.
PR.I aircraft were used for photo reconnaissance with all armament removed and cameras in the bomb bay.
B.I(FE) aircraft was developed for use in the Far East having larger fuel tanks and painted mostly white.
The B.II airframe was identical but powered by the Bristol Hercules engine, 300 were produced.
The B.III (Special) was the famous Dam Busters aircraft modified to carry the "Upkeep" spinning bomb.
The B.X was the B.III produced in Canada and used modified gun turrets.
The cockpits of all the Lancasters were identical and are depicted in the historical cockpit posters.


The cockpit diagrams are drawn using visits to aircraft and simulators as well as from original Avro documentation.

The images are vector graphics which means that they can be scaled up to real life size without loss of resolution. The prints can be produced to full life size whilst maintaing full resolution. The digital downloads are in Adobe pdf format and are also vector format. The downloads can also be printed up to full life size.

Prints are printed on high resolution tear resistant vinyl so that they can be adhered to substrates. Alternatively they can be printed on medium weight paper, folded down to A3 size for transport. Other types of printing media is also available on request - please contact us for details.

Please Note: The Digital download comes FREE with any printed poster order.


Paper Color White
Size A0 (1189 x 914mm) or Full Life Size
Weight Vinyl - 150mic, or 150gsm folded to A3
Manifacturer Cockpit Revolution