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Aviation Trail

About the Aviation Trail

Lincoln and the surrounding area has strong links to aviation from the past to the present. Visit and explore those links today with this trail.

During World War 2, Lincolnshire became known as 'Bomber County'. However, the region's rich heritage goes back to World War 1 when the City of Lincoln was at the centre of the UK’s fledgling aviation industry.

At its peak, the city was one of the largest aircraft production areas in the world producing more than 3,500 aircraft and 3,000 aero engines.

Today, the city is home to the Red Arrows aerobatic display team, based at RAF Scampton, and the RAF’s largest air show, held at RAF Waddington.

This aviation trail provides a brief glimpse of the diverse aviation pedigree of the city and the surrounding area. The trail is not intended to be explored in order and is grouped in areas:

  • City Centre: 1-6
  • North of Lincoln: 7-10
  • South of Lincoln: 11-17

We hope you enjoy exploring this often hidden side of Lincoln.

The photograph of Lancaster PA474 flying over Lincoln Cathedral, during summer 2009, was taken during the production of the documentary Into the Wind. Find out more at intothewind.co.uk.

Cathedral Quarter
Lincoln Cathedral

One of Europe’s finest Gothic buildings, once the tallest in the world, with stunning views from the roof and tower and intricate design inside.


Cultural Quarter
Lincolnshire Archives

Lincolnshire Archives offers a public search room where members of the public are welcome to consult original archives, microfilm resources and library material relating to the county of Lincolnshire and its connections in other parts of the UK and overseas.


Lincoln Suburbs
Former Clayton & Shuttleworth Works

Various works locations on the 100 acre Clayton & Shuttleworth site, east of Lincoln city centre, were used to manufacture aircraft during World War 1.


Lincoln Suburbs
Former Robey & Co. Works

The former site of Robey & Co. Globe Works, used during WW1 for aircraft manufacture, now Jackson's Building Centre.


Lincoln Suburbs
International Bomber Command Centre

A memorial spire and walls that mark the sacrifice of 26,296 World War II aircrew that lost their lives whilst serving with 1 and 5 Groups, based in Lincolnshire - on the top of Canwick Hill, in Lincoln.


Lincoln Suburbs
Lincoln West Common

Lincoln's West Common is a 100 hectare, green space with excellent views of Lincoln Cathedral. At the west limit of Lincoln, this grassy area is home to wildlife as well as a space for outdoor sports.


Lincoln Suburbs
RAF Dunholme Lodge Memorial

Just north-west of the A46 near the village of Welton is the former site of RAF Dunholme Lodge.


3-10 miles from Lincoln
RAF Scampton

Explore the home of the RAF Red Arrows, visit the Scampton Airshow, and see the office of the Dambusters' Guy Gibson at RAF Scampton.


Lincoln Suburbs
South Carlton Memorial

The aerodrome at South Carlton was used for WWI pilot training between 1916 and 1920.


Lincoln Suburbs
RAF Skellingthorpe Memorials

Close to the A46 bypass is the Birchwood estate, which occupies most of the former site of RAF Skellingthorpe.


Lincoln Suburbs
Former Ruston, Proctor & Co. Works

Former site of the country's largest producer of aircraft engines during WW1.


Lincoln Suburbs
Former Bracebridge Heath Works

Former site of Robey & Co's private airfield during WW1 and A. V. Roe's aircraft repair factory in WW2.


3-10 miles from Lincoln
RAF Waddington

Located four miles south of Lincoln, RAF Waddington is a busy operational airfield and home to a fascinating Heritage Centre.


Lincoln Suburbs
RAF Swinderby Memorial

The former site of RAF Swinderby is now occupied by the village of Witham St Hughs.


Lincoln Suburbs
Scopwick Cemetery

Scopwick Cemetery, 6 miles south of Lincoln, near Digby aerodrome is the final resting place of ‘The Pilot Poet’, John Gillespie Magee, who was killed in a mid-air collision over Lincolnshire on 11th December 1941.


11-20 miles from Lincoln
Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre

Discover the fascinating story of the historic Royal Air Force College Cranwell and become a pilot on the Jet Provost flight simulator.


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