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Holiday type Tours
Special interest holidays
Country United Kingdom
Travel type Make your own way
Price range From £719
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 3 nights
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The story of the Lancaster Bomber

A unique opportunity to see a Lancaster Bomber on an original wartime airfield, and ride in it. First active in 1942, the Lancaster was one of the main heavy bombers of the RAF, becoming the most famous and successful night bomber of the second world war, and world renowned as the 'dam buster'. This opportunity allows you to sit in each position throughout the aircraft including the pilot's seat before a tail down taxi ride along the runway.

Your guest speaker will be Robert Owen, an aviation historian and the official historian of the No. 617 Squadron Aircrew Association. His interest in the Squadron extends over 40 years and he is co-author of "Breaching the German Dams" for the RAF museum. He has assisted the authors of numerous authoritative books on the subject together with a number of TV documentaries. He has also contributed to publications for the RAF museum, Keith Park memorial fund, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the RAF's official publication commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.


  • Two nights bed and breakfast at the four star Doubletree by Hilton Lincoln, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • First night private three-course dinner with wine
  • Second night dinner in the hotel restaurant
  • VIP day with Lancaster taxi ride, lunch and refreshments
  • Light lunch at Thorpe Camp Museum
  • All talks, tours, admissions
  • Coach transfers and tour manager throughout

Not included

  • Single room supplement
  • Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis
  • Holiday Insurance
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, telephone calls, laundry etc
  • Porterage and gratuities
Day one

Arrive independently at the Doubletree by Hilton Lincoln from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and an illustrated talk by your host Robert Owen, the official historian of the 617 Squadron Aircrew Association.

Day two

The group is separated into two groups of 30. One group go to East Kirkby for a briefing before the tail down taxi runs in a genuine Lancaster bomber. The taxi ride is completely unique and very different to the experience from outside the aircraft. Your lunch is taken with the pilot and the Lancaster ground crew, providing you with another opportunity to ask them any questions and time to talk Lancasters. The VIP day gives you much longer inside the aircraft, boarding approx half an hour before your taxi run for you to look around the first half of the aircraft plus see the other half after your ride. All guests have the opportunity to sit in each position throughout the aircraft and sit in the pilot’s seat. You finish off a memorable day with afternoon tea and homemade cake. Whilst one part of the group is at East Kirby the other visit the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight exhibition for a guided tour at RAF Coningsby. An opportunity to enjoy a BBMF hanger tour and see the Flight’s historic aircraft at close quarters and to observe the BBMF technicians working to maintain them in airworthy condition. Travel on to Thorpe Camp museum, the home of “The Dambusters” 617 Squadron’ for a buffet lunch (included) on the site of RAF Woodhall Spa. RAF Woodhall Spa became operational in February 1942 and the South Hall of the Visitor Centre houses displays covering the airfield itself, and separate areas for each of the squadrons, which operated from RAF Woodhall Spa during the second world war. The 617 Squadron operated from the airfield until the end of hostilities and from here flew on many special operations during the second world war.

Day three

The second group of 20 will enjoy the VIP day at East Kirkby with the others visiting RAF Coningsby and Thorpe Camp museum. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

Lancaster taxi ride terms and conditions: You must be mobile enough to board the Lancaster without any assistance and be able to exit the aircraft quickly should there be an emergency, without any assistance. Access to the Lancaster is by five steps with a hand rail and customers have to be able to climb around the interior of the aircraft which is a confined space and climb over the main spar.

NB: Exact order of excursion may vary according to local conditions and tour managers' discretion.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 60 passengers.
Doubletree by Hilton Lincoln, Lincoln

Overlooking Brayford Marina and adjacent to the University of Lincoln, the four star Doubletree by Hilton Lincoln hotel offers a rooftop restaurant overlooking the cathedral and historic downtown, bar, lounge, fitness centre and comfortable bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, TV, telephone, wifi, air-conditioning, safe, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Car parking is available at the hotel for £10 per day, payable directly to the hotel.

This holiday is booked by phone. Click 'book now' to make a reservation request to our travel partner who will call you back to confirm your booking details and take payment. To speak to a representative now please call 0330 333 6761.

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15-Jul-2014 3 719.00 book
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The ride in the Lancaster was exellent. I was very impressed with the enthusiasm and friendlyness of the staff at both East Kirkby and at Thorpe Camp Your directions to the Holiday Inn could state that you are allowed to drive on the paved area to get to the hotel ?
Aug 2013

Went with a friend, and we both had a great time. Very interesting, nice people and a very good tour manager
Sep 2012
Mr A Wilkinson
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