One of the most important and indeed poignant dates in The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre’s calendar, the launch of the 2015/2016 County Poppy Appeal was held on Saturday 24 October. With Avro Lancaster NX611Just Jane serving as an impressive backdrop in the packed main hangar, the well supported event is recognised as the largest in the United Kingdom to mark the launch of the annual appeal, in aid of The Royal British Legion.


For those not familiar with The Royal British Legion, it is the United Kingdom’s leading Service charity and provides practical care, advice and support to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families. The annual Poppy Appeal also remembers those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, with the organisation serving as the nation’s custodians of remembrance.

Following the service Just Jane  was towed out from the hangar and prepared for her very important annual sortie - the aircraft was to carry out a taxy run and drop tens of thousands of poppies from the inboard wing flaps. After a brief a taxy run on the grass strip Just Jane  returned to a position almost opposite the restored control tower, and as the four Merlin engines were increased in RPMs the flaps were lowered tofully down at 56.5 degrees, resulting in a most moving sight – a mass of poppies caught in the prop wash and carried away across the museum site.

The next event at L.A.H.C. is the Lancaster night run and fireworks display on 31 October.