Saturday 5 August the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre held their annual fundraising airshow.

The former RAF East Kirkby a WWII bomber airfield is home to Lancaster NX611 “Just Jane”. A very fine example of the iconic bomber that is being restored to airworthy condition and will eventually become the second Lancaster flying in the UK.
Recently a Mosquito has been added to the centre’s great collection and this was made available for viewing in dismantled condition having arrived only a week before. The museum is very worthwhile to visit, with the many displays depicting life at a Bomber Command airfield during WWII containing interesting artifacts.

The airshow itself is attracts many enthusiasts from afar and has a cosy, unassuming family picnic atmosphere about it. It is a most enjoyable and relaxing experience. A wide variety of aircraft types were presented flying and static, the opener being BBMF trio of Lancaster, Hurricane and Spit. Other displays were flown by Bucker Bestmann, Auster, T28 Trojan, Calidus autogyro, Hurricane, Birddog and Blenheim. No noisy jets here, adding much to the friendly atmosphere. The flying displays were interspersed by taxi runs along the grass strip by NX611 “Just Jane” and model aircraft. A notable static participant was the AVRO Anson.

The Bronco had the honour of closing the show under dramatic late afternoon skies.

A great smaller airshow highly recommended because of it’s ground attraction, friendly atmosphere and a guaranteed good day out for the whole family.

With thanks to Andrew Panton and Roger Steele.


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