This website will open up Lincolnshire' aviation heritage to young people. Schools are welcome to visit the venues and resources on this site are designed to enhance educational visits. We have focused on Science, History, English, Art and Design and ICT. We have embedded literacy and numeracy activities. The resources are for use with young people at Key Stages 1,2 and 3 and teachers may find some of the Keys Stage 3 activities are appropriate for use at Key Stage 4. Please see venue details find out which venue will best meet your needs.

The venues participating are:

To bring the subject to life teachers may choose to put children in role for the different activities. Young people can explore different aspects of aviation in the roles of:

  • pilot
  • air traffic controller
  • air or ground crew
  • crash site investigator
  • time traveller to the home front
    - land girl
    - home guard
    - evacuee
  • a Red Arrow.

Why Lincolnshire?

Lincolnshire has a great aviation history. Ruston Proctor and Co Ltd built aircraft here from 1915 to 1919. In the Second World War the county was home to 46 military airfields, 80,000 RAF personnel and 1,000 aircraft. Today there are only a handful of airfields with RAF Coningsby and RAF Waddington being the only two flying, operational, military airbases. RAF Cranwell provides initial officer training and advanced pilot training and it also houses the Officers and Aircrew Selection Centre (OASC). The Red Arrows are based at RAF Scampton which was home to 617 Squadron, the Dambusters, during the Second World War.

So why has Lincolnshire played such an important role in aviation history?

Lincolnshire is the perfect place for flying and for military airbases. The prevailing south-west wind makes taking off and landing easier on the Lincolnshire Edge and the Wolds. The ground isn't too muddy and it has a firm limestone foundation which is ideal for heavy aircraft to land on. The land also drains well so makes a good foundation for landing strips.

Venues at a glance
All of the venues have links to air bases that were active during the Second World War and each has a different story to tell. All the activities have a historic or scientific focus. Literacy and numeracy have been embedded into activities wherever possible. There are also opportunities for cross-curricular work.

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