RAF Lincolnshire Celebrating 100th Anniversary

In 2018, the Royal Air Force is celebrating its 100th anniversary and they are inviting you to join them. From 1st April, join RAF Lincolnshire celebrating the anniversary with many events taking place throughout Lincolnshire to help celebrate the momentous occasion. It will also be a chance to reflect on the history of the RAF, particularly that which involved Lincolnshire.

Lincolnshire was often known as the Bomber County. Lincolnshire played a pivotal part as one of the largest aircraft manufacturing centres and six operational stations still in use. During World War II there was thought to have been over a hundred military airfields, as well as dummy airfields and emergency landing strips.

Below you will find a selection of events taking place in Lincolnshire.

RAF Centenary Charity Concert

Taking place at Lincoln Cathedral on 24th May, the special concert will feature The Band of the Royal Air Force College to commemorate the past, celebrate the present and to inspire the future. There will be large screens dotted about the Cathedral to display imagery that relates to the celebration. As well as this, the concert will honour the many veterans that will attend the evening.

Television celebrity and honorary ambassador of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, Group Captain Carol Vorderman, will host the concert. Doors for the concert will open at 6:30pm and there is no need to reserve seating. Tickets are available from £15 to £35.

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International Bomber Command Centre Opening Ceremony

Located on Canwick Hill in Lincoln, the brand-new Memorial and Visitor Centre will open to the public. It will commemorate all who were involved with or affected by the bombing campaigns of the Second World War. You can find out details of the event here.

While the daytime ceremony is strictly invitation only, the public can attend the evening concert. The ceremony that takes place in the day opens at 9:30am and closes at 4:00pm, ready for the concert to begin at 6:30pm.

Bastion in the Air Exhibition

There will be two exhibitions, one in The Collection in Lincoln and another at RAF Scampton. The focus for the exhibition at The Collection will be on the rising threat to Britain from the aerial attacks by airships and the British response. The Dambusters Hangar at RAF Scampton will be turned into a WWI airfield with three WWI aircraft flying in to form part of the display.

The latter event will run until the 30th April 2020 and promote the aviation heritage of the county. It will also highlight the work that was carried out in constructing aircraft and defending British airspace.

As well as this, there will also be travelling exhibitions throughout the county during the 3-year period. For more information, click here

Gallantry in the Air

The even will run from Sunday 1st April to Wednesday 31st September. Gallantry in the Air will be held at the Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum.

To help mark the centenary of the RAF, an exhibition will showcase the RAF crew who were decorated for their bravery during the Second World War.

The airmen that will be featured during the exhibition received the highest award for their bravery and for paying the ultimate price on some occasions.

For more information about the upcoming event, click here

100th Anniversary of RAF Open Cockpits Day

Located at the Newark Air Museum and taking place in April, the 100th Anniversary of RAF Open Cockpits Day will open. You will be allowed to have access to a host of aircraft and have the chance to sit in the cockpits. Ever wondered what it would have been like to be a pilot during the Second World War? You can find out here.

Volunteers help to run the events and ensure that the aircraft are all open to the public. There will also be a small additional fee to access the aircraft.

To keep track of the event be sure to visit their official website here