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“a lot of TLC amidst the roar of modern jets.”

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Coningsby
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

a Couple of miles apart there are a former WWII airfield with a Lancaster being brought back to life on a shoestring (East Kirby) and this....the home base of the famous Battle of Britain Memorial Flight with the Spitfires, Hurricane and the (presently) only flying Lancaster in Europe. Facilities are not all one would expect, a couple of Portacabins screwed together, a shop, toilets, an auditorium and a guided tour of the maintenance hangar is provided which is good! It takes a lot of maintenance to keep them flying. This is paid for by the taxpayer and the visitor. The result is great but it also improves my appreciation for the people at East Kirby restoring their Lancaster back from the present "running" condition to flying condition at no subsidy. Visit both in one day!

Thank Kaboskabouter
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

My first visit to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) and I was very impressed. The car park was full when we arrived - always a good sign. Going into the visitor centre, there are some very good and informative displays. Entry to the centre is free, but the tour is a small charge.

The tour is very interesting but long. It was just short of 90 minutes for us and whilst very informative, the backache started to creep in after the hour mark. It was otherwise fantastic. A brilliant opportunity to get up close to the aircraft and really understand and learn about the aircraft. When I went, I saw a Dakota, Lancaster, Hurricane, Spitfire and Mosquito. The tour is simply a walk along one wall of the BBMF hangar which lets you see and take pictures of all the aircraft in front of you whilst listening to the stories which ranged from the serious (reminding you of the cost of war) to the humorous.

It is worth noting that there are no cafe facilities on site - only a vending machine. That is a shame because really, it is something which would really help the centre - particularly after a long tour.

Overall, not perfect but definitely worth a visit.

1  Thank MusicMaestro95
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Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

Hi just been to the bbmf.its really interesting but I think it would be better if you could walk around the hanger were the planes are so you can take your time and have a proper look round. On the website it makes out there's loads to do without paying for the guided tour but there isn't just a little over priced shop.

Thank john b
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

This was my third visit to Coningsby, but by far the best so far. The tour through the BBMF hanger was everything it usually is.. ...interesting, informative and worthwhile, but the bonys for us on this visit was the fact that the Dakota was doing some filming and was parked on the apron outside the hanger.

However, just as our tour through the hanger finished she taxied out towards the runway to take-off and our guide took us outside to watch the take-off, with a superb view of the Tornado jets parked on their dispersals as well!

Thank Llanelly
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

A wonderful day spent admiring history from the past. The tours guides were at the top of their game, with information you could only read in books, but much more to hear the stories to the planes, and a wonderful time taking photos. The Dakota was flying overhead waiting for a moment to land, and looked wonderful taxing outside the hanger, and I would recommend a visit to this piece of history to anyone. To see the Lancaster in the hanger, surrounded by Spitfires and hurricanes was a sight and had it been a sunnier day, would have been nice to see them outside, but due to the weather, even inside, they looked majestic.

Thank John Robert M
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