RAF Waddington International Airshow 2012 – A Sky-High Success!
RAF Waddington International Air Show proved to be a huge success, despite weekend weather that was not quite that expected in June and July. The odd dark cloud didn’t deter over 125,000 visitors attending the 2-day event. Armed with their umbrellas and Macintoshes, they descended on RAF Waddington intent on enjoying the spectacular displays and exhibits at the RAF Waddington Air Show.
This year’s themes were the Centenary of the Central Flying School, widely recognised as the oldest across the globe and The Year of Lincolnshire Aviation, which includes a series of events planned by Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire (AHL) to promote the past, present and future of aviation in Lincolnshire. The county is well known as the home of the Dam busters, birthplace of the jet engine, home of the Red Arrows and the Black Buck Vulcan, along with Combat ISTAR. Combat Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance is the purpose of RAF Waddington. The Squadrons at RAF Waddington have played key roles in all recent operations and were some of the first units to deploy to Libya. With these themes in mind it was particularly fitting that the Waddington-based E-3D Sentry of 8 Squadron and the Sentinel from 5 Squadron provided the curtain-raiser to both days in this year’s spectacular air show.
Throughout the Air Show, the displays were assessed and, after much heated debate from the Display Committee, Air Show prizes were awarded for the best displays and aircraft statics. The South Korean Black Eagles, making their first appearance outside Asia here at RAF Waddington, won first prize for the best display followed by the Swiss Hornet and the Chinook. In the Static category the Vietnamese pair, the Loach and the Huey won the first prize followed by the RAF Tutor and the Hunter.
Mr Paul Sall, Air Show Director said
“the RAF Waddington Air Show has surpassed all expectations this year with spectacular, enthralling air displays and engaging ground exhibits. A truly international flavour with participation from 19 different countries. A great day out for all the family. I look forward to welcoming everyone again to next year’s Air Show on 6-7 July 2013.”