RAF WICKENBY MEMORIAL MUSEUM

RAF Wickenby Memorial Museum is a new venue. It was home to 12 and 626 Squadrons during the Second World War and then 92 and 93 Maintenance Units until 1956. Now the airfield is an operational civilian airfield which uses part of the original runways. It has an Air Traffic Zone (ATZ) operated by an Air/Ground radio. It regularly hosts aerobatic displays and airshows, as well as being home to aviation related and some non-aviation related businesses. There are several skilled engineers on site who work in the restoration of old aircraft as well as the maintenance, repair and manufacturing of modern aircraft.

Specialist area
History of 12 and 626 Squadrons.

Ideal age range for visits
The site is suitable for children of all ages. There are no formal educational visits as yet although Key Stage appropriate educational activity sheets are being developed (please contact us for information on progress of these).

What is unique about this venue?
This was a RAF site and some of the original buildings and runways are still in use as a civilian airfield.

One of the T2 hangars which housed the RAF Lancasters during the War can clearly be seen at the north end of the site. It is used for its intended purpose of hangaring aircraft. Guided hangar tours can be arranged covering the more historically interesting aircraft based at the airfield such as a vintage Tiger Moth and DH2.

The original Watch Office still stands (now referred to as the Control Tower) and is an authentic home for the airfield's museum which holds archive records, operation and flying log books, photographs, uniforms and memorabilia relating to 12 and 626 Squadrons. It has a clear view of two of the runways.

Demonstrations can be arranged during which the children will have the opportunity to try on World War II equipment such as flying helmets and parachute harnesses as part of the presentation so they can experience first hand some of the kit and equipment used by the RAF aircrews at Wickenby.

We also offer presentations on a number of subjects including Escape and Evasion, Lancaster Ditching and Dinghy Drill, and Uniforms and Flying Kit Development. These presentations could be tailored to relevant Key Stages.

The walk way to the Watch Office is marked by a pair of mounted aircraft propellers, and next to the Watch Office there is displayed a Sea Slug, one of the first generation of surface to air missiles used in service from 1961-1991.

To commemorate the men and women of 12 and 626 Squadrons there is a memorial at the entrance to the airfield with a statue of Icarus, who is seen as a pioneer in his attempt to conquer the sky.

On site
Wickenby is an operational civilian airfield.

The original Watch Office houses the museum and The Watch Office Tea Room.

There is an original T2 hangar (tours can be arranged), Sea Slug missile displayed and a Memorial.

There are toilet facilities and ample parking.

Visitor information
Wickenby Aerodrome
The Control Tower
Langworth
Lincoln
LN3 5AX

Phone: 01673 885 000
Website: www.wickenbyairfield.com (Museum: www.wickenbymuseum.co.uk)

To arrange museum visits, Hangar Tours, Demonstrations and Presentations please initially telephone 07779 428121 and ask for Anne Law

Directions: From Lincoln, take the A158 to Skegness, turn on to the B1399 near Bullington and follow the signs for Wickenby Airfield. The airfield is approximately 8 miles from Lincoln.

Opening times: The airfield and museum are open from 9am til 5pm. Guided Tours, Demonstrations and Presentations can be arranged outside of these hours.

Admission: Visits to the museum and airfield are free of charge but donations are welcome. Guided Hanger Tours, Demonstrations and Presentations must be pre-booked and a fee is payable. Please contact us on the details above for further information.



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OPENING TIMES

The airfield and museum
are open from
9am til 5pm