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“Interesting day out”

Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre
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Owner description: The Centre is home to Lancaster NX611 and a museum based on a WWII airfield with original control tower, Escaping Society museum, Home Front exhibition, Hampden restoration project, memorial chapel and many memorabilia exhibitions. The Centre is open Mon-Sat. Closed Sundays. During the Summer the Lancaster performs taxy runs usually once a week. It is possible to have a taxy ride on the Lancaster, booking is essential as rides get booked up months in advance.
Reviewed March 13, 2013

We spent about 4 hours here as there is plenty to see but you could spend much longer if you wanted to read all the details on the information boards. The Lancaster is obviously the highlight and we were fortunate that it was brought out of the hangar and the engines started up while we were there. They do this once a week apparently so we were fortunate. The museum is housed in several buildings including the control tower and is so well done that you feel like you've been taken back in time. I recommend going on a warm day though as a cold day in March was not the best, although hot drinks in the Naafi did warm us up for a while. The home made cakes were nice too! Also, look out for the friendly cat in the Hangar!

Thank SwishyMichy
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

Had the day here late last year. And what a fantastic day we had. Loads to look at. The Lancaster taxi runs were great. And later on you can get near the Lancaster and even take look inside.

Thank Mick M
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Great place to spend a day. Good coffee shop and souvenirs. So much to see. Just Jane, the Lancaster was in amazing condition, looking forward to seeing her fly some day.

Thank HEATHER W
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

Here you will see what could possibly be the second flying Lancaster in the UK and for that reason alone it is worth a visit so if you love flying this is one of those must see places.

Thank peter W
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

What a little gem of a place. At first glance on the internet, it's simply an aircraft hangar with a Lancaster bomber that could fly if they could afford an airworthiness certificate. They take it out and taxi down the runway now and again, and there are some waxworks; exhibits re-creating tableaux of how life probably looked like on a WW2 bomber base. We were fortunate to be there when they started the Lancaster's engines and it moved a few yards in the crisp winter sunshine.

The bouncing bomb story, told in transcribed interview buy Guy Gibson is fascinating, moving and terrible, all at once.

Then, after just a couple of minutes wandering around the rich collection of archive documents and physical exhibits, you wouldn't be human if the gravity of what happened here doesn't humble you into quiet contemplation. 1 in 20 of the young men pictured and featured in the detailed history, with a collective average of age barely 21, never returned from the raids. That's 5% losses per sortie.

The grim reality of the life expectancy of the men in bomber command, and the terrifying way in which they would often meet their end, amidst their salad days of youth, is tangible. Mangled engines, torn parachutes, burned out fuselage sections, leather helmets recovered from wreckage, all speak more than a thousand words.

The photocopies of letters home and telegrams to parents just reek of the fear, uncertainty yet unbelievable courage of these young boys, who very quickly became men. I'm not usually given over to sympathy for war combatants, but somehow the dignity and quiet courage of the young people stationed at East Kirkby is tangible here and deserves admiration.

Trees with plaques have been planted by families, all around the site, in memory of fathers, grandfathers and great grandfathers. It's very touching.

Many much better and far far braver men than me passed through those doors at East Kirkby, and their memory commands deep respect.

2  Thank Tom h
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