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“Nostalgia Linked with Modern”

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Coningsby
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Loved the fact that whilst looking at Old Spitfires, Dakota and of course the Lancaster you can see/here the modern Typhoons taking off etc. My only critisism is our guide who was a lovely chap with lots of knowledge did "Go on" a bit about all the different "Spits" but not as much info' about "The Lanc" but that is MY bias. Worth it if in the area but if visiting in Summer check first that the plane you really want to see is there as they are often away at displays.

Thank Chris L
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

I have been to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight 4 times through work with groups of people and each time has been different, with each of the guides giving a complete perspective and personal history.
The aircraft are all displayed and the history of the aircraft and the paint scheme that the aircraft has been painted to depict and the pilots who flew, fought and lost their lives. The gift shop is interesting and have a whole range of goods on sale.

Thank Nigel P
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

We received a warm welcome when we visited here and were so pleased that we opted for the tour. Our Guide was enthusiastic and informative. My husband used to work for an Aircraft Company so he was in his element but I have to say I wouldn't have missed this tour for the world. It was brilliant. We saw one of the Spitfires take off and the Lancaster was in the hanger, together with other Spitfires.

Thank wisteria_10
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

It was a dirty old English day and we needed to spend a few hours waiting for my parents to do things in town so we took ourselves to the visitor centre. The gate is not too obvious opposite the car park but we negotiated our way into the centre without too much of a mishap. The centre is an absolute mine of memorabilia, information, photographs, artefacts and models - well worth the visit for that alone, but it was well worth the fee to take the tour also. The guide was hilarious, he had piloted some of the aircraft soi he knew in some detail the ins and and outs of flying these vintage machines (a set of tyres on a Spitfire only last for 30 landings). We were fortunate that they were running the engine of the Hurricane when we arrived, the sound was so evocative of those war movies and the ancestral memories stirred in the hairs on the back of my neck. The Lancaster was beautiful, dominating as it does the space in the hanger, the soft toys in the rear gunner's turret added somehow to the brooding menace of the machine. Coffee and tea are available from a machine but the place lacks a nice place to sit down and have a snack. The only real down side is that the aeroplanes do regular service at displays so a check ahead to see what's there is essential before visiting.

Thank Ray H
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Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

Finally made it to the visitor centre today have talked of coming for ages,living close to the wash in linc's we often see the planes overhead and it was great to see them so close up,we paid £10 for the both of us to have a guided tour of the hangar with an RAF Veteran volunteer who was really passionate and informed about the aircraft,there was only 4 of us on this tour but he still spent a couple of hours with us answering questions and talking about the Spitfire,Dakota hurricane and Lancaster that were on show.there is a small gift shop on site but unfortunately nowhere selling refreshments,after leaving we went to the viewing area along the road where we saw a Typhoon some F 1's touching down and taking off and taxing along the runway real close a nice finish to the afternoon.

Thank Kazdell
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