Lincolnshire is rich in aviation history.  The county is known as Bomber County because of the role its airbases played in WWII

has the most extensive information, news, events about Aviation in Lincolnshire.  Please visit the site to plan your visits to all the local REF bases, churchyards, memorials and museums.   

If you are looking for accommodation whist you are exploring Lincolnshire there are some wonderful self catering cottage just a few minutes drive from Donnanook, (35 mins from Woodhall Spa).


Initially Donna Nook was used as a bombing range and relief landing ground for squadrons at Armament Practice Camp at North Coates from 1927.

Donna Nook closed in 1945 but reopened as a NATO bombing range and is still in regular use. It had also served as a prisoner of war camp. It is now known as the Donna Nook / East Coast bombing range

RAF Donna Nook was the first National Nature Reserve on Ministry of Defence land in the UK, formally opened in Jul 2002 and is home to the migrating North Sea Grey Seal Colony during the winter months, attracting thousands of visitors.

A few buildings and a section of perimeter track / runway are all that survive of the former RAF Donna Nook. The name lives on in the "new" RAF Donna Nook which uses the adjacent sandflats as a NATO air weapons range.

Contact Donna Nook on 01507 358716 


Binbrook and Brookenby

RAF Binbrook opened in early 1940, base to 142 sqn, with 12 sqn from Finningley in early July 1940.

After WWII Binbrook hosted the Canberra, the RAF's first jet bomber and later transfered to Figher Command in 1960, hosting sqns flying the Gloucester Javelin and the the English Electric Lightning.

RAF Binbrook was home to the Electric Lightning which celebrated its 50th anniversary in Jul/Aug 04. A squadron was on 24-hour QRA (Alert) at RAF Binbrook for many years in the all-British built fighter when the Lightning was the mainstay of British air defence from 1962 to 1988.

Two organisations preserve the Lightning and its association with RAF Binbrook: the Leicestershire-based Lightning Preservation Group and the Binbrook-based Lightning Association.

Memorabilia can still be found at The Rothwell Arms which was a favourite watering hole of RAF pilots and personel.

Immediately after closing in 1988 the movie 'Memphis Belle' was fimed at Binbrook . Then the airfield became a relief landing ground for RAF Scampton.

460 Sqn RAAF is now commemorated in a memorial stone in Binbrook.


Woodhall Spa is a delightful Spa town with tree lined avenues and a host of little shops and teashops.  The Cottage Museum tells the history of the 617 Squadon The Dam Busters and has memorabilia from that amazing period of history.




Cleethorpes Festival of Flight was a FREE  2 day event held in June 2012 for the first time.  The first of many we hope. It was the most amazing display of aerobatics Cleethorpes has ever seen.  Top of the bill -The Red Arrows tearing up the sky with their red, white and blue trails ablazing.  The Red Devils, helicopter aerobatics, and many more packed a 2 day itinary.  The displays ctretched the full length of the promenade and beach allowing thousands of visitors to Cleethorpes a VIP view.  Families brought picnics and sat on the beach, others brought their deckchairs and sat in the promenade gardens with fish and chilps.  But all had the most fabulous time.  As soon as a date for 2014 is issued we will add it to this page.  NOT TO BE MISSED.


RAF Waddington Air Show is the RAFs biggest air show and is held in July each year.




Top 10 Aviation sites to visit in Lincolnshire


Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre 

RAF Coningsby

Dogdyke Road


LN4 4SY  01522 782040


Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre

East Kirkby Airfield

East Kirkby



01790 763207


Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre

Heath Farm

North Rauceby



NG34 8QR   01529 488490


RAF Digby OPS Museum

RAF Digby


LN4 3LH   01526 327619


Metheringham Airfield Visitors Centre




RAF Wickenby Memorial Collection

The Old Control Tower

Wickenby Airfield




Contact email

01673 885886




RAF Scampton Historical Museum



01522 683856/879137


Thorpe Camp Visitors Centre

Woodhall Spar Road




01526 342249


Grantham Museum

St Peters Hill


DG31 6PY

01476 568783



RAF Waddington Historical Museum and Viewing Area



01529 414294 (Sleaford TIC)


Nato Aircraft Museum (visits by prior arrangement only)

 Fen Lane,


LN11 7JY. 

01472 389394




holds the Bomber Commands Memorial Books.  Over 25,000 names and also  commenerative stained glass windows.