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“A fitting tribute for those involved with the RAF during the Second World War”

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Coningsby
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A partnership between the Royal Air Force and Lincolnshire County Council provides public access to the home of the RAF Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby. The RAF BBMF hangar is located within the boundaries of RAF Coningsby and viewing the flight’s historic aircraft at close quarters is available only by guided tour. You will be shown around the hangar by volunteer guides, many of whom have first hand experience of the aircraft. They give freely of their time, being keen to ensure the public appreciate this living tribute to all RAF aircrew and ground crew who gave their lives in the Second World War .
Reviewed August 7, 2011

On a wet day in Lincolnshire, this has to be one of the best places to visit. Situated by the side of RAF Coningsby, it is a both a museum and a workshop, keeping the aircraft that helped to keep our island protected in a flyable condition.

If you are going to visit the attraction there are different levels your visit can take. There is no charge to visit the shop and exhibitions. If you want a guided tour of the hanger containing the aircraft, the adult price is £6, and you can turn up and join the next available tour group. There is also a technical tour, but this must be pre-booked in advance. There is no access to the hanger unless you are part of a group.

My young son and I visited the centre while we were staying in the area. As he's only two I was unsure whether he would be up to a guided tour of an aircraft hanger. The helpful woman running the counter in the visitor centre shared my concern and thoughtfully added me to a tour that had only just started as the man doing it tended to run through it a little quicker than the other guides.
As the tour I joined had already started, I'm afraid I missed the name of the chap doing the talking, so for the purposes of this review I shall call him Ken.

Ken was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the planes on display, with informative anecdotes about the aircraft. As none of the aircraft were to go out that week all were inside the hanger. If you had a particular aircraft you wished to see (the Lancaster for instance), it would be a good idea to make sure it was not due to go out that day.
The hanger tour itself was down one side of the hanger and halfway across one end. You are kept behind security barriers and do not get too close to the aircraft (although this is not surprising given that these are working aircraft and also Ken told us the value of many of them).
Ken allowed plenty of time for questions, of which there were many from our group of twenty and if memory serves, he answered them all.
The tour lasted a very quick ninety minutes and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in aircraft or military history.

1  Thank damac11
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Reviewed August 2, 2011

We visited the BBMF Visitor Centre and as the previous reviewer said it is well worth taking the tour which lasts approximately an hour. The guides are really informative and interesting and it is a real treat to see the Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster up close! On the day that we went the three of them were all due to take off to a display together but unfortunately the Lancaster was grounded after its 2 engines had been started as there appeared to be some technical problems with one of them. However, the Spitfire and Hurricane still took off and banked round flying low over the top of the group of awe struck spectators (which included us!), and had all of us marvelling in awe at the sheer power and sound of their engines and the glorious sight as they headed off across the sky, tipping their wings up and down a couple of times in salute. All in all it was a really memorable day and very special! We will definitely come back for another visit! Also, during your visit don't forget to look at the 'bombs' located in the Visitor Centre grounds, one of which we were told weighed 10 tonnes!

1  Thank SteveandPaula_11
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Reviewed April 30, 2011

We enjoyed our day out at the BBMF museum today. The last review is pretty much spot on in that the museum is small (but interesting) but it's the planes you'd really come to see. We came today to see the planes who'd taken part in yesterday's Royal Wedding flypast and with the wind too strong for them to fly today we were able to see them all in the hangar. The collection includes 5 spitfires, 2 hurricanes, 1 dakota, 2 chipmunks and the only flying Lancaster in Europe. These are all planes that still fly, not museum pieces so check the base website before you go to see what their commitments are that day. You can get right up close to them in the hangar. Our guide (Peter) was really knowledgable too. We paid £16 for a family ticket.

1  Thank OrvistheDog
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Reviewed April 6, 2011

Based at RAF Coningsby this little museum gets you up close to the aircraft of the BBMF. There is not to much in the visitors center to see, but you must take the guided tour around the hanger at only £5 it is well worth it. A guide will take you into the hanger, and what he does not know about these aircraft is not worth knowing. I saw Spitfire's, a Hurricane, Harvard and the Lancaster all being reparied and serviced. The tour took about an hour and half. This tour gives you an eye opener in to all the hard work it takes to keep these wonderful aircraft flying.

1  Thank Cliveburkinshaw
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