Aviation projects get cash awards

North Kesteven District Council has awarded money to two local aviation projects including plans for a Lancaster Bomber replica sculpture off the A46.

The Bomber Gateway trust has been allocated £10,000 by the council towards its ambitious plans to build a Lancaster Bomber replica, which will fly 98 feet above the ground, in Norton Disney.

It will appear to be in flight on the horizon, heading ‘home’ to the former RAF base at nearby Swinderby Airfield.

The structure, which will be named ‘On Freedom’s Wings’, has already previously received another donation totalling £10,000 from two Nottingham-based companies, MC Nottingham and sister company Vehicle Procurements Ltd.

Friends of Metheringham Airfield

Friends of Metheringham Airfield. Photo: Metheringham Airfield website

The Friends of Metheringham Airfield is also being supported by the council with an award of £5,000 to assist the development of a hangar for their Dakota plane.

The aircraft is currently exposed to the elements so it is difficult to maintain it in good condition, so the funding will help to bring the plane undercover.

Both cash injections were approved by the the Executive Board at North Kesteven District Council.

‘Aviation is a key sector’

North Kesteven District Council leader Richard Wright 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.”