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RAF Waddington International Air Show - Press Release

RAF Waddington International Air Show - Press Release

Royal Saudi Air Force Saudi Hawks Display Team

RAF Waddington's International Airshow 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 Waddington International Airshow, and what better way to make an entrance than with their national display team, the Saudi Hawks.

The Saudi Hawks, flying 6 BAe Hawk jets, 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 Team, who are based at King Faisal Air Base Tabuk, completed their first public display in 1999, over the capital city of Riyadh, which marked the 100th Anniversary of the nation of Saudi Arabia. Since then the team have gone from strength to strength, completing tours across the Middle East and Europe, appearing in the UK for the first time last year.

Their 2012 visit to the UK will see them display at the Royal Navy's airshow at Yeovilton, before flying into Waddington for the weekend. The team's Airshow Advisor, is no stranger to the Lincolnshire skies, Sqn Ldr Simon Rea is a serving RAF officer, who left the Red Arrows to take up an exchange position with the Saudi team. 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.

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