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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 July 23, 2013

Whilst staying at nearby tattershall lakes, we saw several planes taking off & landing a mixture of old planes & state of the art jet planes so we decided to find out where they where coming from & found RAF Coningsby.

Just on the road opposite the runway is a carpark observation point, we sat & watched typhoons & tornado jets practicing take off & landing what an amazing sight.

We walked from here to the Battle of Britain Memorial flight visitors Center it's free to walk around the shop & exhibits but there is a small charge for the guided tour where you get to go into the hanger & see the planes being maintained.
The tour is very interesting, some great stories, it's amazing to be so close to the planes & to see how big some of them are. Well worth the fee paid.

After leaving the Center we walked back to the car & where lucky enough to see the Lancaster, spitfire & hurricane taking off what an amazing sight.

If your in the area please go & visit its a wonderful part of our history & heritage.

Thank wurzelsmobiles
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

In cash-strapped times it's great to see that we can still maintain some state-supported heritage with an excellent facility and craftsman keeping these old girls airworthy. The guide probably went on a bit longer than most of the party would have merited (bless him but that what vets/pensioners are good at ;))) but it was great to stand outside and hear the Merlins wind up as we were fortunate to time a visit with an outing for the Lanc.

Thank Trek809530
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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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