Aviation Museums & Historic Sites
With such a distinguished history in military aviation, there are many historic places to visit in Lincolnshire. There is no other region with so many former airfields and collections of iconic planes, in fact. As home of the famous 617 or “Dambusters” Squadron during the war, Petwood has a special connection to many of these places and those who served.
From the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's Spitfires, Hurricanes, Dakota and Avro Lancaster, to the Digby Lima Sector Operations Room, to Just Jane at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, there are many famous sites to discover. Here are some of the best visitor attractions, along with website links and key information:
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
Just ten minutes’ drive from Petwood, the BBMF Visitors Centre is a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the iconic aircraft that made history. Operating the AVRO Lancaster, six Supermarine Spitfires, two Hawker Hurricanes, two de Havilland Chipmunks and a C-47 Douglas Dakota, this living and breathing tribute to 'The Many' and 'The Few' is not to be missed.
International Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln
Newly opened in 2018, the IBCC is a landmark development in memory of the many heroes of Bomber Command. Featuring immersive exhibits, beautiful International Peace Gardens and the UK’s tallest war memorial “The Spire”, it is a moving and enlightening experience for any visitor.
Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre
With award-winning exhibits and an exceptional collection of hardware, including an original Barnes Wallis “Bouncing Bomb”, the largest Bomber Command museum in the UK is a hit with visitors of all ages. This site is also your unmissable chance to experience the only place in the world where you can take a taxy ride in LAHC’s star attraction Lancaster NX611, "Just Jane". Please note that booking is essential for taxy rides and there may be a substantial waiting time.