A special exhibition is coming to the Lincolnshire Wolds this weekend, as part of events marking the 100th anniversary of the RAF in Lincolnshire.
‘Bastion in the Air: Heroes of the Airfields’ will be on display at the Old School on the South Ormsby Estate.
The Heroes of the Airfields exhibition will include replica uniforms, display boards and a scale model of a Sopwith Camel, which was built in Lincolnshire.
The travelling exhibition has been organised by Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire, with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and local authorities across Lincolnshire.
Brian Riley, Aviation Project Support Officer at Lincolnshire County Council and Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire says the county’s World War One aviation heritage is often overlooked.
Mr Riley said: “Lots of people think of Lincolnshire’s enormous contribution in the Second World War through aviation, but not many people know that Lincolnshire was one of the world’s biggest centres of aviation manufacturing during the Great War.
“Even before the RAF existed, aircraft that were built in Lincolnshire were being used by the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service.
“It’s really important that people are aware of Lincolnshire’s contributions to aviation history and the defence of the nation.
“Heroes of the Airfields showcases the amazing achievements of these early aviators who fought bravely in the skies over Europe.
“Hopefully, this will help to raise awareness of this very important part of our county’s heritage”.
As well as illustrating the history of First World War aviation, visitors will be invited to share their own memories and family stories of the RAF.
Karen Edwards, Lead Tourism Officer at East Lindsey District Council says the exhibition at South Ormsby is an important part of the county’s wider RAF 100 celebrations.
Ms Edwards said: “The Bastion in the Air travelling exhibitions aim to bring the RAF 100 commemorations to people in all areas across Lincolnshire.
“Visitors will be able to learn about the people, the aircraft and the events that surrounded the creation of the RAF.
“People we’ve spoken to around South Ormsby are really excited for this exhibition to come to their area, and I’m sure they will have lots of stories about the RAF which will be great to hear.”
It is hoped that the Old School on South Ormsby Estate will increasingly be used for cultural activities and community use.
To help the venue, the estate is appealing for volunteers who would like to gain experience in heritage exhibitions and on-going projects.
• Other events for Bastion in the Air include a second touring exhibition, Heroines of the Home Front, an exhibition at The Collection in Lincoln titled Lincolnshire: Bastion in the Air, 1915-18, and a recreation of a World War One airfield at RAF Scampton.