Explore Lincolnshire's Aviation Heritage

Join us on a journey through Lincolnshire's extensive and rich aviation heritage. From the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's flying Spitfires, Hurricanes, Dakota and Avro Lancaster, to the Digby Lima Sector Operations Room, to Just Jane at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre and the many other heritage sites and airbases across the county.


Let us help you explore the many aviation sites and attractions in Lincolnshire, why not use one of the trails that are available to guide you around? Or make up your own itinenary from the list of museums and attractions open to the public.


Look out for aviation events and festivals taking place throughout the year, see our events guide to help you plan your visit.



Take the time to listen to some of our oral histories; learn about the experiences of an RAF Veteran and hear an interview with RAF Groundcrew member post war and his experiences as a boy during the war.


We also have film of an operation to Frankfurt; Bomb Aimer Les Rutherford was one of only two survivors when his Lancaster Bomber was shot down over Germany. His miraculous survival is told in a short film, 'A Bomb Aimer’s Story'.


We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Simon Atak



Simon Atack teams up with AHL


Internationally renowned aviation artist Simon Atack has teamed up with AHL in readiness for the 2015 commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Simon, who graphically portrayed the Dambuster Raid last year in a new painting, has agreed to examine the Battle through one incident which took place over the skies of Skegness on 21st August 1940 and involved the Spitfires of 611 Sqn flying from RAF Digby.

It is planned that the painting will be ready for launch in time for the summer commemorations next year.




Backpacking this Christmas!

As part of the education programme that has been developed in-conjunction with Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire (AHL) and the Arts Council England (ACE); Newark Air Museum is trialling a new backpack this Christmas for its younger visitors.

The backpacks are aimed at KS1 school children (5-7 year olds), but can also be enjoyed by other children and families visiting the museum. During the Christmas Holiday period the museum is hoping that families will use the backpacks during their museum visit and then provide feedback about them.

In the backpacks visitors will find a flying helmet, a pair of binoculars, a pencil case and various worksheets, to help them explore the museum and its wide range of exhibits (both indoor and outdoor); as it says on the instruction sheet:

“An airman or woman needs to be alert and have good spotting skills, noticing the smallest detail. Your mission is to complete the following:

1. Using the laminated search sheets in your backpack, see if you can spot the badges and items in Hangars 1 and 2, outside and in the Exhibition Hall.

When you have spotted a match, use the marker pen in your pencil case to write down the answers, or simply tick off the item or badge.

2. There are also some colouring sheets and a word search in your backpack. Using the pencil and crayons in your backpack, colour in the pictures and see if you can complete the word search.

3. There is a laminated sheet with instructions for making a paper plane in you backpack. Using the piece of plain paper provided, have a go at making your own plane. Take it outside and see if it flies?

4. If you have time, read the two books in your backpack. These give you an idea of what it was like to be in the Air Force in World War 2. Have a look round the museum and see if you can see any similar objects to those mentioned in the stories.

You can take home with you your colouring sheets, word search and the paper plane you made. Please return everything else to the backpack.”

During the forthcoming Christmas Holiday the air museum is open every day (10am until 4pm – last museum admission at 3pm; last admission to the museum shop 3.40pm). The museum will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year Day. A small deposit will be requested for each backpack that is loaned out, which will be refunded when the backpack is returned at the end of the visit. Normal museum admission rates apply.



On Thursday, 20 November 2014 we saw the return to flight of the Aircraft Restoration Company’s Bristol Blenheim Mk.I L6739 (G-BPIV) at IWM Duxford, following a long-term restoration of more than a decade. Another of Lincolnshire's famous aircraft back in the skies.


Get in touch

If you would like further details of Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire and how we could help you, please contact Phil Bonner (Aviation Development Officer) or Dave Harrigan (Outreach and Learning Officer)

If you would like more information about Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire, the website or our new app please contact our Project Assistant,

Should you wish to call us please telephone the Customer Service Centre on 01522 782332.


Download our brochure


Download a copy of the new 2014 brochure to help you plan your visit to Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage sites