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Lancaster VIP Taxi Ride Experience 2020

Dates

28 July 2020

AVRO LANCASTER 'VIP TAXI RIDE EXPERIENCE' 2020

Join us on July 28th 2020 at the Aviation Heritage Centre in Lincolnshire and enjoy once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a taxi ride in an original WW2 Lancaster. We have exclusively booked ‘Just Jane’ for the day and there will be plenty of photo opportunities before you take your seat. After a briefing in the operations hut you climb aboard this iconic aircraft and feel the four Rolls Royce Merlin engines throb as they build up to take-off power. Once it’s moving down the runway you are experiencing the same sensation as those crews setting out on the bombing missions over Germany during World War Two.


Your opportunity to take a taxi ride in one of the few surviving examples of this iconic WWII Bomber

Your Day starts at 10.00hrs with arrival tea/coffee and biscuits and then moves on to a detailed briefing from one of the crew members about the days itinerary. Climb aboard this iconic aircraft and feel the four Rolls Royce Merlin engines throb as they build up to take-off power. Once she’s moving down the runway you are experiencing the same sensation as those brave young crews at airfields all over Lincolnshire back in the early forties.

After lunch in the vintage themed 'NAAFI' restaurant you will have time to visit the rest of the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, including their iconic de Havilland Mosquito, the only one capable of taxying under its own power in Europe.

Being based on the old wartime airfield of RAF East Kirkby, they retain the original 1940's control tower and the Museum is built up entirely around RAF Bomber Command. With exhibits and displays spanning many areas such as 'The Home Front' and 'Escape and Evasion' giving you a wide perspective on wartime Britain and the trials and tribulations of the Second World War.

Later we reconvene in the NAAFI for afternoon tea, coffee and homemade cakes. Once you have had chance to purchase your Lancaster merchandise from the well-stocked shop your day is complete and you are free to make your own way home at your leisure.

Our desire to create the most comprehensive Lancaster experience available has led us to forge a relationship with arguably the most qualified historian and tour guide available. In 2020 we are pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Owen will be joining us throughout the day and offering a wealth of information to enhance your experience.

Dr Owen is an aviation historian, author and the Official Historian of the No. 617 Squadron Association, and has served  as a Trustee and former Chairman of the Barnes Wallis Foundation. After a career in international advertising and marketing he spent four years as a post-graduate research student with the Arms and Armour Research Institute of the University of Huddersfield.  During this period he completed his doctoral research examining the determinants of policy for No. 617 Squadron 1943-45 and their relationship to the overall Bomber Offensive.  He has also produced a biography of Sqn Ldr Henry Maudslay DFC, one of the pilots lost on the Dams Raid and was a lead contributor to “Dambusters – Failed to return” and a number of other works documenting the lives of some of those who flew, fought and died with Bomber Command. In over 50 years’ research Robert has met many of those who served with No. 617 Squadron, amongst them those who flew on Operation “Chastise” and subsequent operations during World War II. 

He has assisted the authors of numerous authoritative books on the bomber offensive and the producers of a number of TV documentaries.  He co-authored the RAF Museum publication “Breaching the German Dams” and contributed to “40 Year Winter” – recalling aspects of the Cold War. Other works include publications for the Keith Park Memorial Fund, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the RAF’s official publications commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, The 25th Anniversary of the Falklands Conflict and Sir Frank Whittle’s first jet powered flight.

After helping to research two major biographies of former No. 617 Sqn commanders Wg Cdr Guy Gibson VC and Grp Capt Leonard Cheshire VC, Robert is currently assisting with a forthcoming biography of Barnes Wallis. He is also author of articles for magazines including “Aeroplane” and “Flypast” in addition to leading a number of specialist aviation tours.  His recent projects include the production of additional narratives and notes for new editions of W/Cdr Gibson’s “Enemy Coast Ahead” and Leonard Cheshire’s “Bomber Pilot” in addition to assisting in the development of the RAF Museum’s virtual reality Dambusters experience.

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Tuesday 28 July 2020

Lancaster VIP Taxi Ride Experience

Your Lancaster 'VIP Taxi Ride Experience' includes:

• Taxi Ride in one of the crew positions of the Lancaster (excluding cockpit)
• All day access to the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre & Museum
• Coffee/tea and biscuits on arrival
• Two course lunch in the NAAFI
• Afternoon tea & cakes

*Subject to weather conditions. Should it not be possible to taxi then a refund will be made to the full value of the individual ride booked or an alternative date will be arranged at your convenience. Subject to the standard T & C’s available from our website. All our prices include VAT.  'Buy Now' prices shown are per person. For further information or to make a telephone booking please call our booking hotline 0800 5999 077 between 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday.

Ticket Availability

Our ticket allocation is getting low


 
£420.00 Prices are PER PERSON and
include VAT where it is applicable

OR
 
£20.00
Pay in 5 instalments with an initial deposit of £20.00 and then 4 payments of £100.00. Full details of this offer will be confirmed before you checkout.
Prices are PER PERSON and
include VAT where it is applicable
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Tuesday 28 July 2020

Lancaster VIP Taxi Ride Experience & VIP Guest

This package includes everything offered as part of the 'VIP Lancaster Taxi Ride' experience and you can bring a guest along to enjoy the whole day with you. Your guest will have access into the Lancaster after the taxi run and enjoy a tour of the cockpit, but not the actual Taxi Ride itself.

Your Dambusters Tour - VIP Taxi Ride & Guest includes:-

• One place for the Taxi Ride in one of the crew positions of the Lancaster (excluding cockpit) & One guest place for a guided tour of the Lancaster crew positions and cockpit
• Two places with all day access to the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre & Museum
• Two places for coffee/tea and biscuits on arrival
• Two places for the lunch in the NAAFI
• Two places for the afternoon tea & cakes

*Subject to weather conditions. Should it not be possible to taxi then a refund will be made to the full value of the individual ride booked or an alternative date will be arranged at your convenience. Subject to the standard T & C’s available from our website. All our prices include VAT.  'Buy Now' prices shown are per person. For further information or to make a telephone booking please call our booking hotline 0800 5999 077 between 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday.

Ticket Availability

Our ticket allocation is getting low


 
£520.00 Prices are PER PERSON and
include VAT where it is applicable

OR
 
£20.00
Pay in 5 instalments with an initial deposit of £20.00 and then 4 payments of £125.00. Full details of this offer will be confirmed before you checkout.
Prices are PER PERSON and
include VAT where it is applicable