The 2015 event season at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre commenced over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend with the well attended Open Cockpit Event.


Visiting cockpits included an example of the Buccaneer S.2B, Britain's first low level nuclear bomber, the supersonic English Electric F.6 Lightning and examples of stalwart Royal Air Force trainers in the shape of a Dominie (HS.125) and Jet Provost. Also available for inspection in the main hangar was the resident Canberra B.6 cockpit, and proving extremely popular was the opportunity to take a look inside the airworthy WWII combat veteran Dakota Drag 'em ootIn between taxy runs, the cockpit of Lancaster NX611 was available for inspection via a gantry, with lengthy queues forming for a close view of this iconic aircraft.


Aerial displays at the event were confined to Bank Holiday Monday, and the visiting public were treated to a pair of Spitfires from Humberside Airport. The Merlin powered Mk.XVI TD248/G-OXVI performed a flypast with Griffon engined Mk.XVIII SM845/G-BUOS, before peeling off to allow the overall silver SM845 to perform one of the best Spitfire displays of recent times at East Kirkby, courtesy of the former Officer Commanding Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Sqn Ldr (Rtd) Ian Smith.


Also visiting on the Monday, but not displaying, was Justin Needham's superb Lincolnshire based L-19 Bird Dog, accompanied by Jodel DR1050 G-AVOA.