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RAF Scampton Aviation Museum in Lincolnshire

RAF Scampton Living History

RAF Scampton is an operational base close to Lincoln that houses active military, elite flying teams and an aviation museum.   The base provides guided tours around the grounds and through the museum.  Since this is an active base an advance reservation must be made with the Curator but requests are graciously accommodated in person at the main guard house or by phoning the base.  Admission is free and the tours are small.  Museum Curator, Roger Crisp leads several group and individual tours a week and provides visitors with a wealth of knowledge about the base and area history as well as his own personal accounts.

The Dam Busters

The first impressions walking on the base are made by the pre-war buildings. The surrounding seem eerily familiar, unchanged  from news reel films and world war II photos. The base and these historic buildings were all used in the 1955 film The Dam Busters.  The well-documented missions of the famed 617 Squadron from RAF Scampton come to life by just seeing the surroundings and buildings where the actual airmen were based and where the film cemented the images.  The preservation of these original structures makes RAF Scampton a great stop for both aviation and movie buffs.

The Red Arrows

RAF Scampton houses Britain’s most prestigious flying group, The Red Arrows the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team.   A thrill for all aviation fans is the opportunity to see the planes and pilots of this elite corps.  A tour to RAF Scampton takes Visitors inside The Red Arrows hanger  and provides a close up look at the famed red jets.  If you are lucky, you may meet one of the pilots or have the opportunity to see the team arrive or depart from this home base.

The Museum

Historic sites dot the Scampton base, original buildings, tributes to fallen airmen and the elaborate grave of Dam Busters Wing Commander Guy Gibson’s black lab.  The on-site museum houses a history of equipment and aircraft used through the years as well as  World War I era photographs and artifacts.  Models and mementos line the museum cases. There is also a small Chapel inside for those who wish to take a reflective moment.

Visiting RAF Scampton

Prior arrangements must be made to visit the base and museum.  Call in advance and bring your Identification with you for entry onto the base.

RAF Scampton

The base also hosts an annual open house that brings hundreds of visitors to see the artifacts, airplanes and buildings. Check with the base schedule to take part in these festive occasions.

Kelly Sallaway is a Scottsdale, Arizona-based writer currently on assignment in the United Kingdom.

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