Poachers Hideaway is positioned in the heart of “Bomber County”, as Lincolnshire became known during WWII. Lincolnshire offers a variety of visitor centres and sites for the aviation enthusiast to explore both at active and non–active Air Bases, along with our very own war-time connections at Poachers Hideaway;
This is one of two dugouts cut into the ridge of Park Hill where search lights were positioned to guide the planes home as they crossed the North Sea returning from bombing raids during the Second World War. The dugouts were set 1000 yards apart and the search lights in them used for positional guidance for planes that had had their navigational systems damaged. From here they were then dispersed to their airfields across Bomber County. At the base of Park Hill is an area used by the Home Guard for rifle practice.
The centre is located on an operational RAF airfield at RAF Coningsby; it operates the only airworthy Lancaster in Britain, and in addition there are five Spitfires, two Hurricanes, a Dakota and two Chipmunks.
RAF Coningsby is also home to the Typhoon Euro Fighter, there are viewing areas at the end of the runway for those special photos.
This heritage centre is home to the Lancaster 'Just Jane' one of only four Lancasters remaining in the UK. The only place in the country to see a Lancaster Bomber on an original wartime airfield, and ride in it! (pre book only).
Many special events are held throught the year including night-time taxi runs, concerts and firework display.
Further exhibits at the centre include aircraft Hangars, original Barnes Wallis Bouncing Bomb, military vehicles, a NAAFI, a Station Chapel, a Control Tower and an Escape Museum.
Built in 1940 and formerly part of RAF Woodhall Spa. The site includes Officers Mess, Airmans' Dining Halls, a NAAFI and Ration Store. The visitor centre depicts the story of RAF Woodhall Spa, Squadrons 97, 617 Dambusters, 619 and 627 that were based there, together with Civilian Life in Lincolnshire during WWII.
Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre, a small museum, supported by The Friends of Metheringham Airfield that is dedicated to those men and women who flew and supported RAF 106 Bomber Squadron from 1943 until the end of the second world war.
The visitor centre contains an abundance of information and displays many artefacts that relate to those flyers, aircrew and ground staff who flew and offered support to the squadron during its presence in Metheringham.
Held annually over the first weekend of July at Royal Air Force Waddington, Lincoln, the RAF Waddington International Air Show is the largest of all RAF air shows, regularly attended by over 140,000 visitors. Since its inaugural year 1995, the Air Show has grown in size and popularity; the show offers a truly unforgettable family day out as well as providing some outstanding corporate and private hospitality packages. Please see their website for ticket prices and programme.
RAF Scampton was the home of the Dambusters Squadron during World War II, and now known as the home of the Red Arrows. The museum covers the history of the station and lists a number of exhibits relating to 617 Dambuster squadron and a Blue Steel Missile. Please view their website for details and note you must contact them prior to visting (photo ID is required).
The Sector Operations room bunker has been restored to its former wartime glory and is a tribute to all those who served and fought during the Second World War.
The museum also contains, RAF documents, Squadron histories, Operation record books, photographs, uniforms and many more exhibits. Please see their website for further information prior to your visit.
Located on a former airfield Newark Air Museum is one of the UK's largest volunteer managed aviation museums. The diverse collection of aircraft and cockpit sections covers the history of aviation; the aircraft on display include 13 National Benchmark aircraft; 34 Significant aircraft and 21 Noteworthy aircraft as listed in the National Aviation Heritage Register. Nearly two thirds of the exhibits are now displayed inside.
In addition to the aircraft the museum houses a diverse display of aviation artefacts and a collection of more than thirty aero engines.