RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire hosts the major RAF Airshow, which is very popular, and usually held in late June or early July. The display includes many RAF aircraft, foreign aircraft, and display teams.
RAF Waddington is the UK hub of intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR), supporting national and NATO operations.
It is currently home to 5(Army Cooperation) Squadron (Sentinel R1 ASTOR), 8 Squadron (E-3D Sentry AWACS), 13 Squadron (Reaper UCAV), 14 Squadron (Beechcraft Shadow R1), 39 Squadron (Reaper UCAV), 51 Squadron (RC-135V/W Rivet Joint/Airseeker), 54(R) Squadron, 56(R) Squadron, and 2503 (County of Lincoln) Squadron RAuxAF Regiment.
Click here to visit the official Waddington Airshow website.
The RAF Waddington International Air Show has been cancelled for 2015 due to the ongoing £35 million rebuild of the runway.
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.”