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Aviation Heritage Sites

Discover Lincolnshire - Bomber County

Journey through Lincolnshire's extensive and rich aviation heritage. From the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's flying Spitfires, Hurricanes, Dakota and Avro Lancaster, to the Digby Lima Sector Operations Room, to Just Jane at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre and the many other heritage sites and airbases across the county.

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

The BBMF Visitors Centre is a fantastic opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the legendary aircraft that made history. Operating a Lancaster, five Spitfires, two Hurricanes, two Chipmunks and a Dakota, this living and breathing tribute is not to be missed.

W: www.raf.mod.uk/bbmf/visitorscentre/

Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre

With award winning exhibits and an exciting collection of hardware including an original Barnes Wallace “Bouncing Bomb”, the largest Bomber Command museum in the UK is a big hit with visitors of all ages. Also your unmissable chance to take a taxi ride in a Lancaster Bomber, the star attraction Just Jane (must be booked).

W: www.lincsaviation.co.uk

Thorpe Camp

Right on our doorstep at Tattershall Thorpe, Thorpe Camp formed the operational base where 97, 617, 619 and 627 Squadrons during wartime. Originally intended to last just ten years, it is now lovingly preserved to provide not only a glimpse into military history, but also a fascinating look into wartime civilian life and other groups such as the Women’s Land Army and Home Guard.  Open Sundays and Mondays from Easter to end of September and Wednesdays during July and August 1pm - 5pm. 

W: thorpecamp.wix.com/visitorscentre

Newark Air Museum

The UK’s largest volunteer managed aviation museum with 76 aircraft and cockpit sections from across the history of aviation. The types displayed range from a Tiger Moth biplane to the mighty Vulcan bomber; star attractions include Russian MiG fighters and the Swedish Saab Viggen fighter / bomber. 2 large Display Hangars housing more than 50 airframes; Display of 40 aero engines; Artefacts displays; Café and large shop. Regular special events and new education programmes available for visiting schools.

Newark Air Museum Ltd., Drove Lane, Winthorpe, Newark, Notts, NG24 2NY

E: enquire@newarkairmuseum.org
W: www.newarkairmuseum.org

The Canadian Connection

In 2014, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum team made an epic journey to the UK to reunite the only two airworthy Lancasters for a summer of thrills and spectacular shows. Based only a few miles from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby, many of the crew stayed at the Petwood Hotel which quickly came to be known as 'home'. If planning your own visit to the UK - whether sight-seeing or tracing wartime family roots - please contact us to see how we can help you.

For a more detailed background to Canadian aviation heritage in Lincolnshire please click here.

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