The RAF Waddington International Airshow is the Royal Air Force’s premier airshow of the year and is the biggest shop-window for the public to see what the RAF does. The 2013 event took place in the mid-summer heatwave and saw participation from across Europe.
The show also celebrated two very important RAF anniversaries; the 95th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force itself and the 70th Anniversary of the Ruhr Dams raid by 617 “Dambusters” Squadron. As such, the event attracted Royal patronage and Honorary Air Commodore HRH Earl of Wessex provides an introduction to the show and RAF Waddington for the Media Group’s production.
As with most airshow DVDs, the Media Group’s production covers all the major flying display highlights over the 107 minute running time with clear and informative commentary from Ben Dunnell. For the most part of the footage of the flying is generally good but on occasion it is quite shaky and certainly for the coverage of the Belgian F-16 the sound doesn’t quite match the visuals! There are however several highlights including some dramatic on-aircraft footage from Mike Brageot’s Xtreme Air XA41
What really sets the Media Group productions apart is the level of detail they put into the production. The Dambusters Anniversary and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight feature very strongly at the beginning of the production with interviews with OC BBMF Squadron Leader Dunc Mason plus other key personnel plus a charming interview between Dams Raid veteran Johnny Johnson and current 617 aircrew plus behind-the-scenes footage of the BBMF hangar at nearby RAF Coningsby. There is also a look at the RAF Waddington Heritage Centre plus interview with those currently stationed at Waddington plus of course many of the visiting display crews.
Overall, this is a great souvenir of the 2013 RAF Waddington International Airshow. The DVD adds an extra dimension to the show with its extended coverage, particularly of the Battle of Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Dambusters 70th Anniversary