Lincolnshire’s landscape is rich in Aviation history dating back to the 1900s. Today, it plays a key role in continuing to bring that history to life and commemorating the extensive aviation heritage.
Ever since Away Resorts first acquired Tattershall Lakes in 2009 it’s remained a popular location due to its fascinating surroundings and historical significance. From the nearby International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) to the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, a trip to Lincolnshire is a brilliant way to experience aviation history with various fascinating sites and museums to explore.
Built before WW2, Coningsby was set up as a station for Bomber Command and hosted the world-famous ‘Dambusters’ of 617 Squadronis.
Since its origins as a wartime bomber airfield, Coningsby has now evolved into the RAF’s foremost fighter base, responsible for the evolution of the Services air defence tactics and doctrine. With almost 3,000 Service Personnel, Civil Servants, and contractors working on site, it’s also home to the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, a key part of the Royal Air Force’s heritage.
Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre
Educational, fascinating, and rich in Aviation history, Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre is one of Lincolnshire’s most unique and popular attractions. Located on an old wartime airfield, this museum was set up more than 20 years ago.
With its original 1940’s control tower and aircraft hangars intact, the centre’s collections are dedicated to the 55,000 men of Bomber Command who lost their lives during WW2. It’s displays include a rare Avro Lancaster Bomber and a vast collection of wartime vehicles such as the Ford WOT1 Crew Bus.
The museum’s aim is to continue expanding year on year, with a vision to rebuild the airfield to replicate how it stood in wartime – meaning there’s always an excuse to come back no matter how many times you visit!
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Centre (BBMF) was built to commemorate and remember the significant past of the RAF’s Air Combat Power. With a rare partnership between the Royal Air Force and Lincolnshire County Council, the centre offers a gateway to the home of the BBMF at RAF Coningsby.
Through this partnership you’ll get the opportunity to experience the Flight’s historic aircraft up close and witness the technicians working on site to ensure they’re kept in good condition and remain airworthy. This opportunity is only available via a guided tour lasting approximately one to one and a half hours, and led by volunteer guides who will show you around the aircraft.
International Bomber Command Centre
The International Bomber Command Centre remembers and marks the service of all of the Second World War aircrew, ground crew and support staff who lost their lives whilst serving with Bomber Command. The centre includes the UK’s tallest war memorial, walls which feature the names of everyone who lost their lives during WW2 or supporting Bomber Command, and two peace gardens.
With interactive galleries and an on site cafe, the International Bomber Command Centre is a great day out to explore Lincolnshire’s Aviation heritage in depth and immerse yourself in the history of the county.
Eager to explore? Book your Spring/SummerTattershall Lakes break today and let the countdown begin!