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RAF Waddington Air Show Supports Past, Present and Future Personnel

16th December 2014

The RAF Waddington Air Show had yet another immensely successful year attracting in excess of 135,000 visitors over the 2 days of the 2014 Show and raising £260,000 for Service and local charities.

The organisers are thrilled to announce that with 85% of the profits split between the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF), the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA), Royal Air Force Charitable Trust and the RAF Museum, each good cause will receive a huge £55,250 donation. The first two charities provide practical and emotional support to all members of the RAF past and present who are in need. The two new recipient charities are closely entwined in the RAF Family. The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust exists to promote the Royal Air Force, to support its people and to encourage air mindedness amongst the Youth through education; while the RAF Museum ensures that the Royal Air Force’s story endures and enriches future generations. On top of this the local community will benefit from a £39,000 donation to Station Charities. The RAF Waddington Air Show has raised a staggering £3.5 million over its 20 years.

Group Captain Richard Barrow, Station Commander, RAF Waddington says: “Given the operational commitments of RAF Waddington, further complicated by the runway refurbishment, everyone at RAF Waddington shares a massive sense of achievement and pride. To put on such a spectacular show takes a lot of commitment, from the station personnel, the local community and partner organisations, who all support the Air Show in a myriad of ways. The Air Show is undoubtedly a unique opportunity to showcase the people and capability of the Royal Air Force; moreover, the charitable donations make a real difference to both the Service and local communities.

Looking ahead to 2015, it is very much regretted that because of essential work due to be undertaken to refurbish the runway at RAF Waddington, the Station will be unable to put on an Air Show next year (2015) 

The RAF has decided to complete a full review of its air show commitments and has asked RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises to contribute to the review, the results of which will be announced in due course.”

The thrills of this year’s Air Show can be relived via the official 2014 DVD which also includes in depth features about the Royal Air Force and the capabilities stationed at RAF Waddington. Please continue to visit the RAF Waddington International Air Show website for updates and the latest news http:/www.waddingtonairshow.co.uk/


Notes for Editors:




 Further information is available from the Media and Communication Office, RAF Waddington: 01522-726827/41/6804 or WAD-Station-Enquiries@mod.uk 



Lincoln MP Karl McCartney campaigns for the return of the Air Show

24th October 2014

Lincoln MP Karl McCartney has made the case for the return of the Waddington Air Show to Defence Minister Mark Francois MP when he visited Waddington village on Wednesday, October 22.  After announcing the cancellation of the 2015 show, due to ongoing £35 million runway works, the Ministry of Defence announced a full review of all of its air show commitments.  In response, a petition was set up arguing the event’s £12 million segment in the Lincolnshire economy. It now has over 4,000 signatures.  Lincoln MP Karl McCartney is campaigning for the show’s return. He said: “After the 2015 air show was cancelled, we were given no firm commitment that it was going to ever happen again.  “In response I have been hassling my fellow colleagues who are ministers in the Ministry of Defence.  “There is no doubt that the RAF Waddington International Air Show is an event that is firmly entrenched in Lincolnshire’s heart." "It is the largest of all RAF air shows, and is regularly attended by over 140,000 visitors. “It is also important for us to ensure that the Air Show takes place at Waddington in 2017 ahead of what will be the large and year-long celebrations of the RAF’s existence in 2018. “I was greatly encouraged by the Defence Secretary’s answer to my Parliamentary Question on the Floor of the House of Commons.” Defence Minister Mark Francois MP explained the MOD’s current position on air shows: “We are reviewing all of our air shows, not just Waddington. I can’t pre-empt the outcome of the review because it isn’t complete yet. “Partly because we have been so busy with a number operations that we’ve undertaken, we have had to look at the number of shows that we can support in the future. “It’s the cost but partly time as well in terms of personnel. “The £35 million rebuild of the runway should be finished by Christmas next year. It’s a big investment by the MOD for the long-term future of Waddington. “I’m very pro air shows, and I think it’s important that tax payers see what they are getting for their money in terms of defence.” “When Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, responded to questions from MPs on Monday, he said ‘It will be for the review of air shows early next year to decide where they could be supported, but I very much hope that the Waddington Air Show is able to return in 2016.”

http://thelincolnite.co.uk/, published Wed 22 October 2014


2014 RAF Waddington International Air Show DVD now released!

26th September 2014

The 2014 DVD has now been received by The Media Group, the Air Show DVD Publishing company, and copies will start being distributed to customers who have pre-ordered on Monday! Want to see the highlights?  Here they are... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57xgZMYJT4o. This year, RAF Waddington are celebrating 50 years of the Red Arrows and giving you exclusive access to the Red Arrows at their home base RAF Scampton. Other features include a look at Waddington's historical past and unique 'in-flight' pilot interviews.


2014 Air Show Gallery

10th July 2014

Fabulous photos by the incredible RAF Waddington Photo Section, Sgt Si Pugsley, Cpl Laura Bibby, SAC Lauren Pope and SAC Clarke.  Copy & paste the following link in your browser: http://on.fb.me/1om8U3K



Message from the Station Commander RAF Waddington

9th July 2014

The RAF Waddington International Air Show is a unique opportunity for the Station to engage with our visitors to showcase the work, people and capability of the RAF and its partner organisations.  I am immensely proud of the effort Station personnel have contribute to this year’s Air Show both in the months leading up to the event and on the day.  It is very much regretted that due to essential work due to be undertaken to refurbish the runway at RAF Waddington, the Station will be unable to put on an Air Show next year (2015).  Due to this work and the movement of the RAF from our other air show location (RAF Leuchars in Scotland), the RAF has decided to complete a full review of its air show commitments; the results of the review will be announced in due course.

Thank you for your support. 

R P Barrow
Group Captain
Station Commander
RAF Waddington 


A Sky High Success

8th July 2014

RAF Waddington International Air Show has proved to be a huge success. The stunning flying displays have attracted  more than 135,000 visitors over the two days, all intent on having a fantastic day out at the RAF Waddington Air Show.

This year’s themes were the 50th Display Season for the Red Arrows, 65 years of NATO and ISTAR 14. To commemorate the D Day landings, RAF’s Typhoon Force had applied invasion markings to one of its FGR4’s to match those on the spitfire flown by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.  To the delight of the spectators the two aircraft then flew together at the end of the Battle of Memorial Flight Display.  ISTAR 14 showcased the information that is vital to the force commander on the battlefield. To supply this resource, the RAF operates a variety of aircraft equipped with world-leading reconnaissance systems. With these themes in mind it was particularly fitting that the Waddington-based E-3D Sentry of 8 Squadron, the Rivet Joint from 51 Squadron and the Sentinel from 5 Squadron provided the curtain-raiser to both days of this year’s spectacular air show.

With its unique and eye-catching flying display the Dutch Hunter won first prize for the most polished display demonstrating the power and manoeuvrability of the aircraft followed by the the GrobTutor. In the Static category the Slovak L39 won the first prize followed by the Italian KC767.

Mr Paul Sall, Air Show director said: “RAF Waddington has welcomed  more than 135,000 visitors over the weekend, it  has once again been an exciting opportunity for all members of the family to view tremendous  flying displays and a wide  variety of ground exhibits showcasing the work of the RAF and its partner organisations. A truly international flavour with participation from many different countries. I hope our visitors had a great day out at the Royal Air Force’s premier Airshow.”


2014 On the Day Helpful Hints

4th July 2014


To help you prepare for our 2014 Air how this upcoming weekend, we have put together a list of helpful hints and tips to ensure your day runs smoothly.



  • Gates open at 8am and close at 7.30pm.
  • The flying display runs from 10am until 5.30pm.
  • Tents, marquees and gazebos are not allowed. You will be instructed to remove them should you bring these to the show.
  • All our parking is FREE. For access to our disabled parking, please display your blue badge in your car window.
  • Tickets will NOT be available for purchase on the gate.
  • Food will be available for purchase at the show, but should you wish, you are permitted to bring your own.
  • Flying display programmes are not available in advance to the event.

Lastly, we hope you enjoy the show!


2014 Air Show only days away

3rd July 2014

With the RAF Waddington International Air Show only days away, the organising team are delighted to report that advance ticket sales are at a record high, with enclosures already sold out for this year’s Airshow (5 and 6th July). There will not be any tickets for sale on either day of this year’s show. On–line ticket sales have now closed but advance tickets are still available until Friday 4 Jul 2014 from  branches of HSBC and Morrisons Supermarkets.  Click here to view the list of participating branches

To re-iterate, visitors are advised to buy their Air Show tickets in advance from participating outlets but no tickets available on the gate on Saturday 5th July and Sunday 6th July.

The organisers are keen to stress that unless visitors are in possession of an Advanced-ticket prior to travel that they will not gain entrance to the Air Show.


2014 admission tickets on sale from 1 November

8th October 2013

2014 Air Show will take place on 5 & 6 July 2014; admission tickets will go on sale on 1 November.  Ticket and special enclosure prices have now been confirmed and are listed in the Ticket section of the website.  To make sure you don't miss out, subscribe to the Air Show newsletter and receive an alert automatically on the 1 November, along with more details about plans for next year’s Air Show.


2013 Airshow DVD

Watch the 2013 DVD intro by going to the link below.


You can order your 2013 DVD from the link below for the fantastic price of £15.99



Documentary about the Waddington Air Show 2013

5th August 2013

Take a look at this Documentary about the Waddington Air Show 2013. See if you feature on camera?


Thank you to: 

But We Blew It Productions

Tel: 07714233374 

Web: http://butweblewit.co.uk/


2013 RAF Waddington International Air Show round-up

8th July 2013

Visitor numbers for this year's Air Show reached 148,000, one of the highest figures since the show began.  Some 160 aircraft were on display over the weekend with a seven-hour flying display on each day.  Paul Sall, Air Show Director, said: “This year’s RAF Waddington International Air Show has once again been an exciting opportunity for all members of the family to view fantastic flying displays, equally engaging were the variety of ground exhibits showcasing the work of the RAF and its partner organisations.  "I hope our visitors had a great day out at the Royal Air Force’s premier air show and I look forward to welcoming everyone again to next year’s Air Show on July 5 and 6.”  Advance admission tickets will be on sale from early November.


The RAF's Aviation Spectacular - Day Two!

6th July 2013

It has been a long day here at RAF Waddington but everyone is very much looking forward to tomorrow.  Admission tickets are still available for tomorrow's show on the day but you will need to get here early to avoid disappointment. Gates open again at 8am.



6th July 2013

The RAF Waddington International Air Show is underway and the organising team are reporting that advance ticket sales have reached such a level that there will be no further tickets available to buy on the gate today (Saturday 6 July).  The Organisers are keen to stress that onbly those visitors in possession of an advanced-purchase ticket will gain entrance to the Air Show.  Tickets will be available at the gate on Sunday 7 July.



5th July 2013

The weather forecast for this year’s RAF Waddington International Air Show is predicting high temperatures, with two dry and very sunny days.  Visitors to the Air Show are advised that they take care and dress appropriately - drink plenty of fluids, even if you're not thirsty, in order to stay hydrated.  Sun protection screen is essential, especially for children.  Put on your sun hat to protect yourself from the sun.  Bring water bottles; drinking water for refill will be provided at points around the Air Field.  Read more hints & tips >>


Press Release: Advance Ticket Sales Rocketing Sky High

5th July 2013

With the RAF Waddington International Airshow only days away, the organising team are delighted to report that advance ticket sales are so high that there is a strong possibility that all available tickets will have been purchased prior to the event and that there may not be any tickets on sale on the day.  Read More >>


Social Media Meetup

1st July 2013

With so many connections being made on social media networks like Twitter and Facebook, last year we introduced a Twitter Meet (called a tweetup) along with informal Facebook meets. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet with folks who you may have connected with online and share your thoughts on the show and displays that have wowed you.

For more information on this year's combined social media meetup and download your FREE customised meetup badge, visit our dedicated meetup page here.

Remember to connect with us directly using the links at the top of this page if you view the webversion of our site or the social media button on mobile.


Online Ticket Orders Now Ceased

28th June 2013

Online advance admission ticket orders have now ceased.  Advance amission tickets will still be available from 149 selected Morrisons stores and HSBC branches across Yorkshire and the Midlands, up to Friday 5 July, at the discounted advance admission rate.  Click here to find your nearest branch.  Full price on-the-day tickets may also be available but you must check the Air Show website before you set off for the Air Show.


RAF Waddington will welcome George "Johnny" Johnson

26th June 2013

RAF Waddington International Air Show will be delighted to host Dambusters raids veteran George "Johnny" Johnson.  Seventy years on from the events of Operation Chastise, which saw a wave of attacks on dams across Germany's industrial heartland, he will talk about his experiences of that May night during an interview on RAF On Air, inside the Main Exhibition Hangar.  You can read the official RAF interview with George "Johnny" Johnson interview here.


Last chance to buy tickets online

25th June 2013

Only 10 days to go to the 2013 RAF Waddington International Air Show!  Admission tickets can be purchased using our secure online payment form up to Thursday 27 June.  Advance amission tickets will still be available from selected Morrisons stores and HSBC branches up to Friday 5 July, at the discounted avdnace admission rate.  Full price on-the-day tickets may also be available but you must check the Air Show website before you set off for the Air Show! Read more >


RAF Waddington International Air Show Commemorative Cover

19th June 2013

British Forces Philatelic Service, in partnership with the Royal Air Force, is producing a Commemorative Cover to mark the RAF Waddington International Airshow 2013. The covers will each include a 1st Class commemorative stamp issued by Royal Mail in May of this year to mark HM The Queen's Royal Portraits and which will be cancelled by the BFPS special handstamps depicting the iconic RAF Waddington International Airshow logo.  BFPS 3166 will be used for the 6th July and BFPS 3167 for the 7th July. Read more >



10th June 2013

As the 2013 Air Show draws closer, you can now pre-order your official 2013 Air Show DVD. Get yours before everyone else!  Visit http://shop.themediagroup.tv/ to order your copy.


Mighty Viggen Returns

6th June 2013

If you say Historic SAABs, you mind will probably turn to the 4 wheeled variety first and maybe aeroplanes second.  The minds of the organisers of this years RAF Waddington International airshow have been fixed firmly on the historic aircraft variety and after many months of negotiation and planning are delighted to announce the Swedish Air Force Historic Flights debut at the show.

This year will see, for the very first time, the flight fly their SK60 , Tunan and the mighty SAAB JA37 Viggen in the skies above Waddington and UK mainland.  The Viggen first took to the skies on the 27th March 1967, powered by a Volvo RM8B Turbofan engine, the aircraft is capable of reaching speeds of upto Mach 2.1, twice the speed of sound. The Viggen was Sweden’s first line of defence during the cold war period carrying out both Strike, Air Defence and reconnaissance missions, operating from both fixed airfields and a unique system of deployed bases throughout Sweden, which doubled as public roads. The SwAFHF Viggen was withdrawn from service in 2007 and after 5 years of restoration took to the skies again in March 2012, wearing the colour scheme of the earliest examples.

The Viggen will be joined by some of SAABs other Jet aircraft including the SK60 used as a training and Light Attack aircraft, which is still in service with the Swedish Air Force and the Austrian Air Force. The trio will be completed by the Saab 29 Tunnan, an aircraft with its history rooted in the earliest days of jet powered flight. The Tunnan first flew in 1948, being designed from a mix of UK, German and US technology , due to its odd shape became known as the ‘flying barrel’.

The Swedish Air Force Historic flight operate a range of aircraft, keeping Swedish aviation history alive across Europe. With a strong presence at this years show the historic lines of Swedish aviation can be compared with their modern day equivalents with representation of the the Viggens successor in the guise of the hugely successful JAS 39C Gripen from the Czech Air Force and a range of SAAB ISTAR aircraft including the SAAB 2000 Swordfish and SAAB 340 AEW ‘Erieye’ on the ground.


2013 Ticket Sales Outlets

24th May 2013

From Saturday 25 May Air Show admission tickets will become available from over 200 selected Morrisons supermarkets and HSBC branches throughout Yorkshire and the Midlands.  To find your nearest ticket sales outlet follow this link.  Admission tickets will be available by CASH ONLY and only until Friday 5 July 2013.


Dambusters Commemoration Information

16th May 2013

A number of Dambusters commemoration events are taking place in Lincolnshire and across the UK this week.  You can follow these by clicking on the following links:
Derwent Dam Flypast: http://www.raf.mod.uk/bbmf/news/index.cfm?storyid=8E10E1EE-5056-A318-A86328F1CC0D6928
BBMF Flying Programme : http://www.raf.mod.uk/bbmf/news/index.cfm?storyid=9206E26D-5056-A318-A83F2C332016CE83
Dambusters 70th Anniversary Site: http://www.dambusters70.com/


Dambusters Week

15th,16th &17th May 2013

May is a very busy month for commemorating one of the most famous events in Lincolnshire’s rich aviation heritage, the 16th of May will be the 70th anniversary of the DamBusters Raid, mounted from RAF Scampton just north of the City of Lincoln.

On 15th May Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire are holding a Gala Charity showing of the original 1955 black and white ‘DamBusters’ film at the Kinema in the Woods, Woodhall Spa.  The cinema is one of the oldest in the country and the film was made primarily on location in Lincolnshire.  The event will be followed by a reception at the Petwood Hotel, which was the officers mess for the DamBusters Squadron following the move to Woodhall Spa.  The whole evening is completely sold out.

The RAF will be holding its own tribute to Guy Gibson and the airmen of 617 Squadron with a Sunset Ceremony at RAF Scampton on 16th May which will probably be broadcast live by the BBC. 

Then on Friday 17th May Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire has organised a service of Commemoration in Lincoln Cathedral.  This event is being attended by people from all over the United Kingdom and from overseas.  So popular is this event that all of the tickets have been taken up.  If you are visiting Lincoln that afternoon do look out for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster which will fly in tribute over the Cathedral after the service.

All in all it will be a busy week in Lincolnshire for aviation heritage


Hunter XE620 8Sqn gate guard

11th April 2013

The Hunter has finally arrived outside No. 8 Squadron today.  The Joint Aircraft Recovery and Transport Squadron (JARTS) dismantled and loaded the Hunter yesterday at RAF Barkston Heath in preparation for its delivery to the Squadron this morning.   The JARTS team expects to have the Hunter fully installed as the new 8 Squadron gate guard by early evening today.  Taking longer to arrive than expected is a result of the complexities of moving the old 23 Squadron Phantom gate guard, and preparing the site ready for the Hunter.  It was great to see Barry Dobson, who has now left the RAF and was the driving force behind this project, there to witness the installation.  The plan to complete the memorial and pathway around the Hunter can now begin.


Vulcan Bomber set to roar at Waddington

28th March 2013

The Air Show has welcomed the news that the iconic Avro Vulcan Bomber XH558 will once again be gracing the skies at this year’s air show.  This much loved aircraft returned triumphantly to the public domain at the RAF Waddington International Air Show in July 2008 for the first time after an absence of 16 years and has been seen by many millions of people all over the country since that incredible first year.  Read more >>



25th March 2013

Our February competition for a visit to The Blades Aerobatic Team is now closed.  Congratulations to Mr Frank Johnston from Hoylandswaine, Barnsley, South Yorks who will, along with one guest, get chance to meet the pilots, sit in on the pilots' pre-flight briefing, watch a display practice and watch the post-flight debrief.  If you haven't won this time then look out for our March e-news competition.  To subscribe to our monthly e-news and receive regular updates, competitions and special offers click here.


Best Of Britain & Ireland Show 2013

13th & 14th March 2013

Visit Best of Britain and Ireland show at the NEC 13/14 March hall 8 stand E46.

Visit stand E46 Aviation Lincolnshire. The Waddington International air show staff will be available for Questions.

Air show dates:

2013 - 6/7 July

2014 - 5/6 July



A day with the 2503 (County of Lincoln) Squadron RAuxAF Regiment

20th February 2013

Thank you everyone who entered our January competition for a day with the 2503 (County of Lincoln) Squadron RAuxAF Regiment.  The correct answer to our question 'In which year was the 2503 (County of Lincoln) Squadron RAuxAF Regiment formed?' was C. 1979.  The lucky winner is Gary Topley from Chesterfield, Derbyshire.  Congratulations, Gary!  Gary and his guests will see the 2503 guys in action, enjoy a visit to the firing range, see an exhibition of all weapons used by the squadron and enjoy a ride in the MAN SV truck. Plus a field lunch with the squadron!  If you haven't won this time then look out for our January e-news competition.  To subscribe to our monthly e-news and receive regular updates, competitions and special offers click here.


A visit to the BBMF

10th January 2013

Happy New Year to you all!  We have now closed our December competition for a behind the scenes tour at the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at Royal Air Force Coningsby.  The lucky winner is Mr Laurence Stead, Hull - congratulations!  This will be an exciting visit at the RAF BBMF with an access to areas usually not open to the general public, with a personal guide.  If you haven't won this time then look out for our January e-news competition.  To subscribe to our monthly e-news and receive regular updates, competitions and special offers click here.


2013 Tickets On Sale from 1 November

23rd October 2012

Plans for the 2013 RAF Waddington International Air Show are already under way.  The 19th RAF Waddington International Air Show will take place over the weekend of the 6 & 7 July 2013.  Advance admission tickets and flight-line enclosure places will go on sale online from Thursday 1 November.  Your chance to snatch up those front row seats and have the best view of the thrilling flying displays at the 2013 RAF Waddington International Air Show!  The Show will celebrate a number of important milestones in the history of the RAF, including the 70th Anniversary of the Dambusters raid during May 1943.  The Show will stage many spectacular air and ground displays to commemorate air power through its past, present and future.


2012 DVD now on sale

14th September 2012

The official 2012 RAF Waddington International Air Show DVD is now on sale. Running for over 100 minutes, The Show DVD covers highlights of all the display aircraft and teams including the Frecce Tricolori, The RoKAF Black Eagles and the Red Arrows. As well as reliving the breathtaking action there are additional special features including pilot interviews and a behind the scenes footage.  You can order your copy now from the official merchant http://shop.themediagroup.tv.  Highlights from the show can be viewed on http://bit.ly/OIQ205.


2012 Air Show highlights now ready to view

29th August 2012

The official 2012 RAF Waddington International Air Show higlights have just been released on Youtube! Heart-stopping action from aircraft and display teams from air forces from all around the world, now available for you to view http://bit.ly/OIQ205.  The RAF Waddington International Air Show DVD is now in the finishing production stage and can be pre-ordered via the official supplier on http://shop.themediagroup.tv.  Starring this year is the UK debut display of the ROKAF 'Black Eagles', the Saudi Hawks, Italian Air Force 'Frecce Tricolori', Swiss Air Force F-18A 'Hornet' and much more...


ROKAF Black Eagles win best display!

4th July 2012

The Korean Air Force's Black Eagles aerobatic team was awarded the Boeing Trophy for best display at the Air Show this year. The Flying Display Committee had as difficult task as ever this year, with some outstanding displays from teams and aircraft from around the globe.

The Swiss Air Force's solo F-18 fighter display team won second prize, with the third prize going to the RAF Chinook team.

125,000 visitors came to see the 17th RAF Waddington International Air Show, with 92 aircraft on show from 18 different countries.

© Lincolnshire Echo


Twitter and Facebook Meets

29th June 2012

Each year we are amazed at the amount of people talking about the Airshow and sharing their thoughts, photo's and more on the Twitter and Facebook social networks.
This year there will be opportunity for members of these groups to meet in person to discuss what they've seen, hoping to see or anything you wish.  

For information on the Twitter Meet (Tweetup) and to download your FREE customised badge, visit out tweetup page.
Facebook users can find out more on the Facbook Group page.


ERIEYE AEW&C now confirmed

20th June 2012

We are thrilled to confirm the 77th aircraft for this year’s Air Show in the form of the illusive SAAB 340 ERIEYE AEW&C, from the Swedish Air Force.  More commonly known as the Erieye, due to its radar system, a total of 22 ERIEYE systems have been made by the Saab Group on different platforms, some of which serve with the Swedish Air Force on Saab 340’s. There are 7 other international Saab ERIEYE customers flying Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft, similar to RAF Waddington’s own E3D Sentry.


Last day for online orders - Wednesday!

19th June 2012

Just over 10 days to go to the 2012 RAF Waddington International Air Show! This year’s Air Show will have a truly international flavour, hosting 19 countries from around the world.  You can still buy your admission tickets online but online orders will cease tomorrow, at midnight end of Wednesday 20 June.  After that advance admission tickets will be available up to Friday 29 June 2012 from participating Morrisons stores and HSBC and Santander branches.  Admission tickets will be available on the day, subject to availability.


RAF On Air returns!

9th June 2012

Building on last year's success, the Main Exhibition Hangar will once again feature the ‘RAF On Air’ multi-media exhibition, with a stage and a large screen.  The RAF ON AIR will be presented by BBC Radio Lincolnshire who will interview visiting aircrew about their display routines, aircraft, their careers and aspirations.  The Air Show will also welcome back the RAF Presentation Team who are well-known throughout the United Kingdom as ambassadors for the Royal Air Force. 


Vulcan XH558 Cancellation

6th June 2012

The air show team
has received confirmation from the Vulcan to the Sky Trust that XH558, the
world’s last airworthy Vulcan will not be able to appear at this year’s
airshow. This disappointing news follows the damage to two engines of the
aircraft during a training flight at Robin Hood Airport on the 2nd
of June.  Whilst it is a great shame the
aircraft will be unable to attend, the Vulcan team expect the aircraft will
return to the skies later this summer.  We
too hope we are able to see the iconic shape of the Vulcan back in the skies
very soon and wish the Vulcan to the Sky Trust very best in their efforts.
For more information please refer directly to
the Vulcan to the Sky Trust website:


Air Show Navigator apps now available

28th May 2012

The official smartphone applications for the 2012 RAF Waddington International Air Show are now available from the App Store and Google Play.  The Air Show Navigator is designed to make your visit to the air show more enjoyable by providing you with help and information at your fingertips.  Read more and download your FREE app here.


The Black Eagles will make their UK debut at Waddington!

17th May 2012

For the first time ever the Republic of Korea Air Force will be seen in the skies above the RAF Waddington International Air Show this summer, with their Black Eagles Display Team, in what will be the team’s very first UK air show appearance.  The team, who reformed in 2009 to fly the indigenous T-50 Golden Eagle training aircraft, will arrive in the UK in mid-June and then display at RAF Waddington before moving onto RIAT and Farnborough.  The T-50 is an advanced jet trainer first flew in 2002 and is capable of Supersonic speeds.


The first 2012 podcast is out!

1st May 2012

Air Show PodcastThe 2012 RAF Waddington International Air Show is shaping up to be the most varied aircraft display in years, with 10 different nationalities represented in the Flying Display and 14 in the Static Display, with 2 months still to go!  Listen to the first 2012 Air Show podcast, with the latest news from Wg Cdr P Moss, OC 8 Sqn, Air Show Display Director.  Click here to listen to the podcast now.


2012 Advance Ticket Sales Outlets

30th April 2012

Click to display 2012 Ticket Sales OutletsThe list of 2012 ticket sales outlets has now been released!  158 Morrisons Supermarkets, HSBC and Santander Bank branches throughout the Midlands and Yorkshire regions are participating in this year's campaign.  Click here to locate your nearest branch.  Advance admission tickets will be available from ticket sales outlets from Saturday 19 May until Friday 29 June 2012.


The Saudi Hawks make their Waddington Debut!

17th April 2012

RAF Waddington has welcomed the news that another nation will make their debut at the 2012 show - it will be the first time that the Royal Saudi Air Force has been represented at the Air Show, with their national display team, the Saudi Hawks.  The Saudi Hawks, flying 6 British Aerospace Hawk jet trainers, painted in green and white the national colours of Saudi Arabia, were formed in 1998 to represent the Saudi nation and act as ambassadors across the world. The arrival of the Saudi Hawks at Waddington will make the nation of Saudi Arabia the 33rd nation to take part in the air show since it began.


Frecce Tricolori confirmed to display at Waddington

19th March 2012

The skies above RAF Waddington’s International Airshow will see the addition of red, white and green smoke trails as the event welcomes the return of the Italian Air Force’s famous display team, the Frecce Tricolori, their last appearance was in 2004.  The Team, formed in 1961 are one of the largest display teams around, flying Aermacchi MB339 aircraft and the only team to display with 10 aircraft. Based at Rivolto in North East Italy, Waddington will be Frecce Tricolori’s only UK appearance this year.


European Airshow Council top award for RAF Waddington

27th February 2012

European Airshow Council top award for RAF WaddingtonThe Air Show Organisers are delighted to announce that the European Airshow Council Convention has awarded RAF Waddington International Air Show the 1st Prize for Air Show Marketing in Europe.  This prestigious award was made at this year’s European Airshow Council (EAC) Conference in Brussels, Belgium, on 23 February 2012; the conference was attended by some 200 delegates from across Europe and with representation from the USA and South Africa.  The EAC aims to promote air show safety and to bring together air show organisers and air show participants to achieve standards of excellence in their activities.   The programme of the Convention topics are heavily focused on event safety, it however also discusses current economical challenges, new regulations and the sustainability of events.

RAF Waddington International Air Show is very proud to receive this prestigious award which indicates that the recent changes in our marketing and publicity strategies have been well received.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our followers, partners and sponsors for their invaluable support in building together a strong RAF Waddington International Air Show brand.


RAF Waddington will welcome the RAAF Boeing 737 AEW&C Wedgetail!

17th February 2012

The Air Show is thrilled to announce the participation of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and its Boeing 737 AEW&C, Wedgetail aircraft at this year’s Air Show.  The Wedgetail, which is the RAAF equivalent of RAF Waddington’s own E-3D Sentry aircraft, is based at RAAF Williamtown on the east coast of Australia and will make the flight to the UK, after taking part in a major exercise in Alaska, solely for the airshow.  It will be the first time a RAAF Wedgetail has been to a UK Airshow since the first aircraft was delivered to Australia in 2009.

The Wedgetail joins the growing list of international participants, with the news that the Swiss F18 Hornet will make a welcome return after 10 years absence from the show, partnered by the Swiss Super Puma display, which has not been seen in the UK since 2001.


Top Award for the RAF Waddington International Air Show

16th February 2012

Royal British Legion 2012 County CupThe Royal British Legion (RBL), which provides support to serving and ex-Service personnel and their families, has awarded the RAF Waddington International Air Show its Courtesy Cup for 2012. RAF Waddington received the prestigious accolade from the Lincolnshire Branch of the RBL following its efforts to promote and raise the profile of the charity during its annual International Air Show.

The Lincolnshire Branch of the RBL is recognised as one of the most active and successful in the country and has been a regular attendee at the Air Show for many years now. Brigadier Barry Reeves, the President of the Lincolnshire Branch of the RBL will present the award to the Acting Station Commander RAF Waddington, Wing Commander Sean Donoghue at RAF Waddington on Friday 17th February.


RAF Waddington - All Change At The Top!

20th January 2012

RAF Waddington has a new Station Commander. Group Captain Al Gillespie ADC MA BSc (Hons) RAF took over from the outgoing Station Commander, Group Captain Chris Jones, on Monday 2 January 2012. Group Captain Gillespie is no stranger to the base having previously been stationed at RAF Waddington as Officer Commanding 23 Sqn. As the Station Commander and ISTAR Force Commander at RAF Waddington, Group Captain Gillespie takes command of the RAF’s Shadow R1, Sentinel R1, Reaper MQ-9 and E3-D Force Elements in addition to commanding the personnel of 51 Sqn currently providing trained personnel on deployment with the USAF’s Rivet Joint aircraft. For a full profile of our new Station Commander please visit the RAF Waddington website.


£117,500 raised from the 2011 RAF Waddington International Air Show

15th December 2011

RAF Waddington has gone "sky high" with the proceeds raised in aid of Charity at the 2011 International Air Show. Both the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) and The Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) will each benefit from a whopping £50,000 donation. The local community are also set to benefit from a £17,500 donation to the Station Charities Fund.  Read full article here.


Air Show team at the British Military Tournament

9th December 2011

The Air Show team, with the support from RAF Waddington personnel, attended this year's British Military Tournament held at Earls Court, London, on 2, 3 and 4 December 2011. The Tournament was attended by Her Majesty The Queen on the first day and by the Commander in Chief Air Command ACM Sir Simon Bryant on the second day.  Thank you to everyone who visited us on the stand!  Click here to visit the official British Tournament website www.britishmilitarytournament.com.


2012 Air Show Themes released. Tickets now on sale!

1st November 2011

The 2012 RAF Waddington International Air Show will mark The Year of Lincolnshire aviation, 100 years of the Central Flying School and it will also celebrate ISTAR capability of the Royal Air Force.

The flying display will feature the unforgettable Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Falcons parachute display and much, much more. Have your ear plugs at the ready!

Admission tickets and private enclosure places are now available through our secure online booking facility.  Book now for the best seats at the show!


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