10th July 2000

 

PUTTING THE FOCUS ON COUNTY AVIATION HISTORY

 

Aviation enthusiasts will be out in force at the Lincoln campus of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside this weekend.

 

The university is to host the second annual Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Day on Saturday 15th July, when talks, displays and video presentations will highlight different aspects of Lincolnshire’s role in aviation history.

 

The event will be kicked off at 10.15am by Flt Lt Mike Chatterton, who will speak about his role flying the Avro Lancaster of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight based at RAF Coningsby.

 

From 10.45am until 12 noon talks will be given on a range of subjects including the Dambuster raid, the East Kirkby Lancaster, aircraft made in Lincoln and the rise and fall of the ‘V’ weapons.

 

Displays by organisations including Friends of Metheringham Airfield, RAF Wickenby Memorial Museum and Newark Air Museum will also be on view all day.

 

Video showings will include ‘Night Bombers’, a unique video of RAF Hemswell filmed in the winter of 1943/4, ‘Fifty Years to the Day’, capturing the friendship among those who served at RAF Bardney, and ‘Remember the Stirling’, a video featuring the Short Stirling, the RAF’s first operational four-engined bomber.

 

Entry to the day is free. Refreshments will be on sale in the Atrium coffee bar and parking is available in the university car park off Ropewalk.

 

The day has been organised by university history academics Dr Kate Hill and Dr Philip Swan of the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Project. Email khill@lincoln.ac.uk or pswan@ulh.ac.uk or visit www.pipswan.demon.co.uk/aviation.htm

 

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For more information contact:

 

Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk