From the Deputy Editor…

As April has arrived, I find myself breathing a big sigh of relief that the snow has finally stopped. It seems that returning home from a rather sunnier Spain (having managed to shoe horn some leave into the busy diary) I have brought the weather back with me, I just hope that it lasts…

As ever this Station hasn’t stopped even with the weather against us! Once again you will find the pages full with operational stories from the busy Squadrons and units around RAF Waddington. Our front page being taken up with a major milestone achieved by 51 Squadron having reached 20,000 operational flying hours in the USAF RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft, congratulations! Also not to be missed is 5 Squadron’s account of their recent support of the French Operation in Mali, which is well worth a read.

As promised in the first edition of 2013, we have again dedicated a double page for our next instalment of RAF Waddington through the Ages with this part is entitled ‘The Outbreak of World War Two’ written by Flight Lieutenant Nick Downs. Covering the first mission’s from RAF Waddington of the war to the last wartime mission ‘Operation Exodus’ returning POW’s to England. A big thank you has to be said to the Station Heritage Centre who provided facts and figures and excellent photos for the piece.

On the social side we seem to have a lot to look forward. It seems like I am sent another poster to advertise events going on each week. Events on Station and in the wider area, from music festivals to golf so have a look at what coming up and get involved!

As ever we always welcome new stories, covering events from sporting, social events to aircraft spotting. If your Unit, Squadron or Section are up to anything thing a bit different this summer please let us know. Lastly a thank you once again to Flight Lieutenants Nick Downs and Levi Birch who have once again helped share the editing workload.

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