Aviation projects supported with cash awards

Two projects that help to celebrate North Kesteven’s aviation heritage have been awarded money by the District Council.

The Bomber Gateway Trust has been allocated £10,000 towards its ambitious plans to build a Lancaster Bomber replica in Norton Disney, while the Friends of Metheringham Airfield is being supported with £5,000 to assist the development of a hangar for their Dakota plane.

Both cash injections were approved today by the Council’s Executive Board.

Councillor Richard Wright, Leader, said: “Aviation is a key sector within North Kesteven, from businesses, current and former aviation sites and attractions through to active airbases.

“The area has a longstanding relationship with aviation, making it uniquely placed to tell the stories associated with it.

“These two developments willd deepen the existing offer in the District and the county as a whole, complementing existing sites and attractions.”

The Lancaster Bomber Gateway Trust is seeking support and funding to construct a life-size Lancaster Bomber, a plane synonymous with Lincolnshire, alongside the A46 as both a gateway to the county, but also to commemorate the crews that flew out of nearby bases, such as the former RAF Swinderby.

The Friends of Metheringham Airfield’s Dakota aircraft is currently exposed to the elements, making it difficult to maintain in good condition given its age. The funding will enable the development to go ahead and bring the plane undercover.