County’s Cold War history

A SERIES of events and activities this month organised by Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire will commemorate the 50th nnniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

In October 1962 while Lincolnshire was apparently miles away from the real centre of events; in reality the county was at the heart of Britain’s response to the Cold War stand-off in the Caribbean; a time when the world seemed to be on the brink of nuclear war.

Over a similar 13 day period as the original events of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire and several partner organisations will highlight some of the county’s roles in this internationally significant event by hosting a series of talks, tours and events.

On Monday October 15 there is a talk by author John Boyes who wrote the definitive book on the Thor missile project, known as Project Emily. The talk will take place at 7pm at Hemswell Court, which was the former Officers Mess for RAF Hemswell, which was the Wing Headquarters for the missile sites at Hemswell, Caistor, Ludford Magna, Coleby Grange and Bardney. Tickets £5 per person.

On Tuesday October 16 there is a full day coach tour starting at Hemswell Court to view significant Cold War venues in Lincolnshire including Caistor, Faldingworth, Dunholme Lodge and the RAF Scampton Museum, including lunch – £15 per person.

On Saturday October 20 at Newark Air Museum there is a series of talks focusing on the equipment of the Cold War in Lincolnshire with an opportunity to view the Vulcan bomber from inside the cockpit; learn more about the Bloodhound Surface to Air Missile; and hear about the role of the Royal Observer Corps. Tickets £15 per person.

On Sunday October 21 visit the former Royal Observer Corps underground post at Holbeach to be opened up for visitors to find out more about the vital role carried out by the ROC. To book your place contact Penny Ward at Heritage Lincolnshire on 01529 461499 or e-mail

On Saturday October 27 in the Hardy Lecture Theatre at Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln, there is a series of talks by those who have studied the Doomsday events of half a century ago and those who were serving on the Thor sites and Vulcan bases in Lincolnshire, with lunch included £15 per person.

All events and talks must be pre-booked.

Call 01529 308135 or 01529 308172 or e-mail

* A SPECIAL exhibition at Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre has opened this week and runs until the end of October.

The Comper Swift CLAC Story will be on display in the heritage centre based at Heath Farm, North Rauceby.

Open from 10am to 4.30pm seven days a week the exhibition will allow visitors to discover the fascinating story of this small light racing aircraft, built in the 1930’s and its connections to the Cranwell Light Aeroplane Club.