A valuable piece of World War II history took off from Labrador late Wednesday morning on its way to England via Iceland.

The famed Avro Lancaster, known as Vera, spent Tuesday night parked in a hangar at 5 Wing Goose Bay. It left Happy Valley-Goose Bay just after 11:30 a.m. local time.

It's Canada's only Second World War bomber that's still flying.

Its crew will fly the plane to England to meet up with the only other such plane that can still fly.

Together, the two bombers will show off what they can still do in a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight tour.

Vera, named after her registration number V-RA, is owned by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

The 70-year-old bomber had some engine trouble Monday and was delayed leaving Hamilton Ont., but it was expected to reach Iceland later Wednesday.

You can follow Vera's progress in our live blog.

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