This year’s RAF Waddington International Airshow has raised £73,000 for charity. Held on the weekend of 30 June and 1 July, record numbers passed through the gates of the Lincolnshire station to witness spectacular air and ground displays at the largest RAF airshow of the year.
‘I was delighted with the 2012 Airshow, the best we have ever had’ said Air Show Director Mr. Paul Sall. ‘The awe-inspiring flying display, which included an unprecedented six national display teams, combined with a wide variety of interactive and engaging ground exhibits to give the 125,000 visitors an exceptional day.’
Over the past eight years, the annual air show has raised £2.82 million for charity. This year the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and The Royal Air Force Association will each receive a donation of £33,150. Both charities provide financial, practical and emotional support to all members of the RAF both past and present. A donation of £6700 to the Station Charities Fund will also benefit the local community, the money being distributed to local charities through the course of the coming year.
Plans are already well under way for next years show which will be held on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July. The 2013 Show has several themes including Combat Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance which will see aircraft and personnel at RAF Waddington to the fore. The show will also mark the 95th Anniversary of the formation of the RAF and the 70th Anniversaries of both the Royal Air Forces Association and the Dambusters raid. A Waddington based flying squadron, the Sentinel R1 equipped 5 (AC) Squadron, will also mark its centenary.
‘The unrivalled success of this year’s Airshow means my team and I have our work cut out to provide something even better this year’ explained Mr Sall. ‘We are working hard to provide another world-class event and already have some surprises up our sleeve.’
Tickets for next year’s shows are already available and are selling well and available through our website. The event showcases the UK’s Defence capabilities as well as highlighting RAF Waddington’s contribution to Operations. Visitors can expect to see aircraft both old and new including favourites the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the RAF Aerobatics Team, The Red Arrows, a comprehensive static aircraft display to view, over 250 trade stands and exhibitors plus fun fair. Hands on displays will range from exploring British Army armoured vehicles to handling the latest technology available to our fighting personnel.
The 2012 Show had the most international displays ever seen at RAF Waddington and you can re-live the thrills of this year’s show on the official 2012 DVD which includes not only all the excitement of the heart stopping air display of the Republic of Korea Air Force’s aerobatic display team “The Black Eagles” but exclusive behind the scenes and in depth features about the Royal Air Force as well.
For more information and tickets please visit www.waddingtonairshow.co.uk