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Exhibition: Airships over Lincolnshire…Lighter than Air, Saturday 30 September to Sunday 25 March 2018

An exhibition exploring the vital role airships and hot air balloons played during WWI and the involvement of the Lighter than Air Section at Cranwell.

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Submarine scout airship being handled by us naval ratings based at cranwell 1918

Discover the history of military and civilian balloons and airships in Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum’s latest exhibition.

Airships over Lincolnshire…Lighter than Air is now open to the public giving visitors the chance to explore the various types of airships, both military and commercial, and their contribution to the continuing story of this most serene mode of lighter than air transport.

The Royal Naval Air Service Central Training Establishment at Cranwell’s early operations included training in ballooning and airships at its Lighter than Air Section.  The exhibition includes detail of a selection of those airships.  The Central Training Establishment was originally home to naval aviators and subsequently personnel of the newly formed Royal Air Force, at which point the base was renamed RAF Cranwell.

“It is hard to imagine the conditions the early airship crews endured when flying an airship” says Heritage Assistant, Angela Riley. “Their control car would have been exposed to the elements, and the consequences of getting things wrong could be disastrous”

The exhibition will also include the history of one of the early airship pioneers, Lieutenant Colonel CM Waterlow and the horrific and fatal accident that befell him in the skies over Cranwell.

To bring the story right up to date, the exhibition will also feature ‘Airlander’, a hybrid airship which today is being developed by Hybrid Air Vehicles, taking to the skies over Bedfordshire.

This exhibition is open to the public from until Sunday 25 March 2018. Admission is free.


North Kesteven District Council is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join their tourism team.

The tourism team at North Kesteven District Council are looking for new, enthusiastic volunteers to join their team.

Opportunities are available at Cogglesford Watermill, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum and Navigation House.

There are no minimum hours required and times are flexible to suit you. Minimum age for all volunteers is 17 years old.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, and would like an informal discussion, please contact 01529 308102 or email


Royal navy personnel hoisting/mooring 2 balloons - probably rnas daedalus (raf cranwell north airfield)

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum’s archive contains a large quantity of photographs which detail the military history of Cranwell from its RNAS origins to the present day. 

A display of a large selection of these images has been created digitally in media presentations on permanent display. You can also view a small selection in our photo gallery.