Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre

Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, East Kirkby: Hours, Address, Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre Reviews: 5/5

Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre

Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
The Centre is home to Lancaster NX611 and a museum based on a WWII airfield with original control tower, Escaping Society museum, Home Front exhibition, Hampden restoration project, memorial chapel and many memorabilia exhibitions. The Centre is open Mon-Sat. Closed Sundays. During the Summer the Lancaster performs taxy runs usually once a week. It is possible to have a taxy ride on the Lancaster, booking is essential as rides get booked up months in advance.
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Godalming, UK28 contributions
WW2 RAF experience brought to life.
Sep 2021 • Couples
Really interesting day out. All laid out very well. Seeing the Lancaster Bomber taxi was the highlight but also reading personal stories in the various exhibitions brought everything to life and makes you appreciate experiences at the time. Something here for all ages and well worth a visit. One small plea - please sort out the mannequins, they were dreadful. Make up and hairstyles not relevant to the time period and this could so easily be sorted. Spoiled some of the historical re-creations.
Written 23 September 2021
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Lynn S
13 contributions
Sep 2021
A lovely museum with a lot to see, both in large displays and small. The escape hut was a favourite exhibit. Well worth a visit. Inspired us to rent the dambusters film!
Written 21 September 2021
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Dangerous Grandad
Worcester, UK21 contributions
Dangerous Grandad allowed out again
Sep 2021 • Friends
A Sunny day, a saucy welcome from the effervescent and wonderful Debbie and up close to a Lancaster and a Mosquito. Happiness
Written 19 September 2021
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Birmingham, UK72 contributions
Poor website but well worth a visit.
Sep 2021 • Solo
I drove by this place several times on visits to my friend and was intrigued to what it was about. The website was very hard to navigate on my phone and I turned up in the hope I didn’t have to book on line. And I didn’t. I was met by a very informed lady, who asked if I was interested in a tour of the Lancaster for £55. Tempted but not today. The 1940s music was heard in several places and it was quite jaunty.

Heading into the hanger you are met with the Lancaster, it is narrows off but there are several spots for taking photos. There is a Canberra cock pit you can climb into, but beware if a larger size or wearing a dress it’s not a very easy or ladylike disembarkation.

There are so many typed up stories of crashed planes, showing the molten wreckage and really putting a human element to the cost of the sorties and operations. It was nice to see the photos, the tiny bits of plane, and read the stories. So many of them. My only gripe was that the typed stuff had so many spelling and grammar mistakes. Wrong ‘through’ and ‘there’ used everywhere. Very poignant reading the stories and as a regular visitor to the area, recognised the villages they wrote about.

Disappointed that the tower was closed and would have liked to have see a WRAF plotting table.

NAFFI had plenty of photos and stories and the shop was reasonably priced.

It’s so rare to go to museums these days where it is not all computer screens. This was lovely.

One negative point the mannequins are not the best and are a bit scary, and if you don’t like dolls there is a random one in a case.
Written 10 September 2021
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Kent, CT4 contributions
Great family fun!
Aug 2021 • Family
We visited over the Bank holiday weekend & had a great time! My 6 year old son loved the tank firing & watching the Hurricane & Spitfire taxi along the runway.

People running the various stalls/exhibits were all very polite & knowledgeable.

The cafe was reasonably priced & the play park was a welcome find amongst all the stalls!

The band were excellent & the hangar provided a bit of respite from the glorious sunshine.
Written 10 September 2021
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Nicola D
Preston, UK2 contributions
A wonderful day!
Sep 2021
Our favourite part? The sound of those Merlin Engines!
A fabulous day of sounds and smells!
On a hot day, as it was, the museum is not too big to look around.
Also a lovely café and gift shop.
Written 9 September 2021
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3 contributions
One of the best days ever
Sep 2021 • Couples
Our day fulfilled my lifelong dream to go on a Lancaster and follow in the footsteps of my Dad who was an airframe mechanic. The whole team were so friendly and welcoming. Tim and Andy made the taxy run perfect. Thank you so much to everyone for a very emotional and exciting day. I have learnt a great deal.
Written 9 September 2021
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Tomahawk F
Winchester, Hampshire85 contributions
The best private aviation museum I have ever visited!
Sep 2021
Finally released back into the wild, my pal & I certainly well-timed our road-trip up to the war-time 'Bomber County' last week.. with the warm, early autumn sunshine greeting our arrival in the Lincolnshire Fens on Friday afternoon..

Ostensibly another military antiques-hunting trip, we were also determined to try, on this outing, (our last one having spent too much time taking in the wondrous Imperial War Museum at RAF Duxford on the way north, so our itinerary had drifted), to visit the fabled East Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby near Spilsby.. home to the iconic Avro Lancaster NX6111, otherwise known as 'Just Jane'.. (named after the famous war-time cartoon character)

...and luckily our schedule was more time-ordered on this trip and after a drive across stunning flat-lands from the antique shops 'Mecca’ of Horncastle we bowled up at the gates of this former airbase on a beautiful Saturday afternoon...

Formerly home of No.5 Group RAF Bomber Command and 630 Lancaster squadron from 1943 in particular, (bombers that pounded Berlin in the air war over Europe from early 1944 onwards), this historic part air-base, part-Fenland farm, is the private home of brothers Fred & Harold Panton.. whose elder brother Christopher, as an RAF crew-man himself.. was shot down & tragically killed in a Lancaster night-time bombing raid over Nuremburg in March 1944.

Many years later, the two brothers acquired ‘Just Jane’ as a fitting private memorial to their late brother and in those years since, their farm & airfield which was to be its permanent home, has actually become, quite frankly, one of the most incredible private WW-II bomber museums that I think I, (as both a military historian & former travel writer & presenter), have ever experienced..!

As I say, bowling up in the early Autumn sunshine, the first sight that greeted our eyes was 'Just Jane' parked out 'air-side' on the apron, where amazingly, a wedding party was having their nuptials blessed in the shadow of the mighty bomber's wings.. how cool!

I originally thought that this East Kirkby Museum was literally composed of just one ‘saved’ Lancaster in which ‘Joe Public’ could book taxing trips up & down the long grass runway, but our eyes widened as we realised this was actually a bone-fide, full-blown, living, breathing museum as, to our left, we espied the graceful sight of a twin-engined RAF Mosquito fighter-bomber poking its nose out of the massive hanger.. and on further inspection, realised that this mighty hanger was also full of both display cases & open displays of war-time aircraft wrecks..

We learned that East Kirkby is also home to the Lincolnshire Aircraft Recovery Group, (formed in 1973), and the hanger is literally full of the fruits of their amazing digs throughout the historic County of Lincolnshire, resulting in stunning relic displays ranging from recovered Spitfire cockpit wrecks, Lancasters, Halifaxes, P.51 Mustangs and myriad Luftwaffe wrecks that were also uncovered in Lincolnshire by this industrious volunteer group during their long history of aircraft recovery & display throughout ‘Bomber County’.. absolutely amazing…and then some!

Incredible to think that this whole effort that was slowly opening up before our eyes is run privately & all assisted by those terrific volunteers.. and the gift just kept on giving throughout the afternoon..

Having visited the thought-provoking war-time RAF chapel still standing and open to all, just by the main control tower, and a pre-flight crew room with its operational maps & instructions for the planned night raid on Berlin ahead still on display, we realised that every former RAF hut still standing round about us was also crammed with displays & artefacts..: from B.24 Liberator & Avro Lancaster gun turrets to a Luftwaffe Heinkel III cockpit from Wellington geodetic wings to Halifax bomber wheels, hut after hut was just full to over-flowing with wonderful artefacts from the WW-II Air War over Europe..

A most amazing afternoon of round-eyed discoveries & reminiscences in the lovely autumnal sunshine but unfortunately, as we were engrossed in investigating the surrounding hut-displays, ‘Just Jane’ was quietly towed back into her hanger, so we missed seeing her ‘on the move’…that goof-ette apart, my only sadness for me was that I couldn't buy any of the terrific WW-II aviation pieces on view for my new militaria business..!

However, given enough time, a huge crane and a massive industrial saw, I think I could have had a crack at getting the rear half of a certain Lancaster bomber in my mate’s vehicle...but with plans (I believe?), still afoot to make ‘Just Jane’ soar into the skies once again and so possibly join with The Battle of Britain’s Memorial Flight Lancaster and the equivalent restored Lanc in Canada via their WW-II Historic Flight, so making a potentially unique & awe-inspiring ‘3-ship’ formation of airworthy war-time heavy Lancaster bombers, such ‘historical vandalism’ might have ruined somebody’s day!

I did, however, find lots to buy in nearby Horncastle so that, thankfully, saved a potential ‘diplomatic incident’ at East Kirkby, resulting in unwelcome coverage for me on the local TV News caught red-handed with my saw! :)
Written 8 September 2021
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London, UK18 contributions
Incredible experience!
Sep 2021
I accompanied my mother on this trip to the aviation centre. She is a big fan of all things military, and particularly aircraft. It had always been a dream to see and ride in a Lancaster. We were booked onto the VIP experience whereby each of us had a tour of the aircraft and my mum had a taxi ride. All of the staff were incredibly friendly, welcoming and their knowledge was second to none. The day included a presentation at the beginning which told us about some of the history of Lancaster's and this particular aircraft. This was great to hear before we saw the aircraft and it really helped build up the excitement for the taxi ride (not that my mum needed much assistance with this!).

It was so special to be able to get up close and inside the plane, and be in the same space as so many men that flew in them during the war.

You could spend all day here, there is so much information to read in just the main hanger alone!

Staff in the Naffi showed me where I could charge my phone and I received first aid for a wasp sting which was done with efficiency and kindness!

A fantastic day out!
Written 7 September 2021
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Rob N
Milton Keynes, UK400 contributions
Lancaster Experience
Oct 2020 • Couples
A great day out, with loads of exhibits and I was lucky to have a Lancaster Taxy experience to enjoy as a birthday present.
One of the best days with experienced staff being able to talk and show you all about the plane.
Written 6 September 2021
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