Lincolnshire has a long association with aviation and is still home to several airbases with great strategic importance. We also have some of the best aviation attractions in Britain.
In 1943 Petwood House in Woodhall Spa was requistioned by the RAF to become the officers' mess for the famous 'Dambusters'. Today Petwood House is a quintessential hotel that continues to honour this famous group of men with a dedicated Squadron Bar packed with artefacts and memrobillia from their epic flights.
Nearby, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight operates a Lancaster, five Spitfires, two Hurricanes, two Chipmunks and a Dakota. These aircraft are not just museum pieces and you can see them flying at air shows in the summer months.
For a feel of what life was like in the RAF during World War II then a visit to the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre gives you just that. The site was an active airbase for Bomber Command and the resident Lancaster Bomber, Just Jane, is regularly brought out to taxi visitors up and down the original airfield - the only place in Europe you can do this!
To explore more aviation heritage in East Lincolnshire click on the image below to download a copy of East Lindsey Aviation Heritage Guide.
Find out more about Lincolnshire's Aviation Heritage with Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire.