Get the new year off to a flying start with a new season of aviation talks

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A SERIES of talks on the county’s aviation heritage and history will take place next year after Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire (AHL) received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) award of £436,000.

These are the scheduled talks:

l April 17 – Augsburg Raid 70th Anniversary Talk: An evening talk by the aviation historian Robert Owen to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the RAF’s major daylight bombing raid on the MAN diesel factory in Augsburg, Southern Germany.

Venue: The Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa.

l May 16 – Falklands Campaign 30th Anniversary: ‘Sailing With The Queen’ An evening talk by Chief Pattisier Stephen Hallam about his exploits from pampering passengers luxuriously cruising around the world to suddenly being thrown into the cold and stark reality of the South Atlantic Campaign.

Venue: The Branston Hall Hotel, Branston, Lincoln.

l June 2012 – RFC Talk: talk by aviation historian Andy Johnson about the formation of the Royal Flying Corps and its connections to Lincolnshire and early aviation. Date and venue to be confirmed.

l October 14-28 – Cuban Missile Crisis, Tour and Talks: a series of talks and events covering the period of the Cuban Missile Crisis which occurred 50 years ago that month; these will include a talk by aviation historian John Boyce and an escorted coach tour of several Cold War locations across Lincolnshire.

Advanced booking arrangements will be posted on the AHL website.

For further information call Dave Harrigan on 01529 308135 or 07584 216890.