One of the most important and indeed poignant
dates in The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre’s calendar, the launch of the 2016/2017 County Poppy Appeal was held on Saturday 22 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.
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 over 30,000 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 former wartime airfield.