Aviation heritage talk at airport

Northern Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage
Northern Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage

A talk on the developments of Humberside Airport, from its beginning to where it is today, is being held this Friday, February 28, at the airport.

Organised by the Northern Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Project, the talk, given by Charles Parker and Andrew Nowland, will be split into two parts.

During the evening, they will look right back to Humberside Airport’s beginnings as an RAF base in World War Two and also at why the airport is so important to business travellers, holiday makers and the North Sea oil and gas industry today.

Work began in the early 1970s to meet the need from local industry for faster connections to major airports in the UK and continents nearby.

The airport was officially opened in 1974 and has progressively expanded over the last 40 years.

Charles Parker has been interested in aviation for most of his life.

He was a member of the Royal Observer Corps (ROC) for nearly 30 years and was an instructor at the ATC (Air Training Corps).

He has been involved with the publication of various articles and books on local history, particularly the ROC and aircraft production in Lincoln during World War One.

He is currently editor of Air Link, the monthly newsletter for the Lincolnshire Aviation Society.

Andrew Nowland is a local aviation enthusiast, historian and photographer whose interest in aviation spans more than 25 years.

As a teenager, he would regularly go to RAF Waddington to watch the various activities.

Today, as an active member of the Lincolnshire Aviation Society, he is a contributor to the Society’s monthly newsletter and their activities in support of local heritage.

The talk will start at 7pm, with tickets £5 from Brigg Tourist Information Centre or 01652 657053.

Free parking will be available at Humberside Airport on the night for people attending the talk.

The Northern Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Project was launched in May 2012 covering eight airfields in Northern Lincolnshire. The project tells the story of the World War Two airfields and the part they played during the war.