Lancaster Wreckage

Heritage Centre

Heritage Centre Project

RAF Waddington has a proud and distinguished history spanning more than 90 years. Following its opening in November 1916 as a flying training base, the Station had aircraft and people involved in both World Wars, including the participation of 44 Squadron in the famous Augsburg bombing raid in 1942. During the Cold War the Station had significant involvement with the Black Buck raids of the Falklands campaign and nowadays all of the aircraft stationed here are involved in operations around the world.

Numerous squadrons have served here and over time a significant number of personnel have donated their prized memorabilia from their time serving in Lincolnshire; this has enabled a small collection to be established in the Station Heritage Centre for all to learn from and enjoy.

The Heritage Centre is a voluntarily run museum which allows you to step into the history of RAF Waddington. The displays will let you travel back in time and engage with this history, from the wreckage of the downed Avro Lancaster PD-259 from WWII through to the Vulcan bomber XM607 of Black Buck fame, which currently stands as the Station's gate guardian. With plenty to see and learn you are sure to leave with a greater knowledge of the Station's standing in past and current operations. Furthermore, we are part of the Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire partnership with links to other museums within the county who are also proud of their aviation heritage.

The centre is now open to all civilians and service personnel on an appointment basis and best of all it's free (although a small donation to enable the upkeep is appreciated). Due to the operational nature of the Station, anyone wishing to book a visit should contact the Visits Co-ordinator or the Officer in Charge(OiC) of the Heritage Centre via the details below.

If you do visit the Heritage Centre we ask that you please bring with you a valid photo ID e.g. driving license or passport.

For visits or to contact us here at the Heritage Centre at RAF Waddington please use the visit application form or email us at

WAD-Heritagecentre@mod.uk

or alternatively we can be contacted via phone on:

Officer in Charge Heritage Centre - 01522 727367

Officer in Charge Force Development Sqn 01522 727090

The Heritage Centre team is always willing to hear from anyone with memories of RAF Waddington from any period of its distinguished history. Please feel free to contact the Officer in Charge of Heritage who can arrange for you to tell us your story.

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