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Carol Vorderman winging her way to Waddington as pilot show hits our screens

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: June 28, 2011

  • Carol Vorderman

  • HIGH-FLIERS: Pictured are the Red Arrows in full flight entertaining the crowds during last year's Waddington International Airshow.

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TV PRESENTER Carol Vorderman will be a star attraction at this weekend's RAF Waddington Air Show.

The celebrity, and supporter of the RAF Wings Appeal, will be at the show on Sunday.

She will interview Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Moore, the first female RAF Red Arrow, Squadron Leader Dunc Mason of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and Myles Garland, former RAF Red Arrows pilot and now team leader of the Blades aerobatic team.

She will also talk to Jon-Allan Butterworth, a former RAF armourer who lost his left arm in a mortar attack in Iraq in 2007 and is now hoping to compete in the 2012 Paralympics, thanks to support from the RAF Wings Appeal.

The interviews will be screened on the 20x9ft screens that form part of the RAF On Air attraction, which takes place in hangar 4 at the base.

Visitors to the hangar will also be able to view in-cockpit videos, live interviews with aircrew, past RAF Waddington Air Show flying displays, future military capability exhibits and behind-the-scenes RAF activity.

While at the show, Vorderman will also launch a national charity cycle challenge fronted by the RAF's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) and Red Arrows.

She said: "I am greatly looking forward to the RAF Waddington Air Show – it promises to be a busy day.

"RAF personnel and their families sacrifice a great deal for their country and I am delighted to support them in any way I can.

"RAF On Air will be a perfect way to let the public see the amazing work of our Armed Forces personnel."

Waddington Air Show director, Paul Sall said he was looking forward to the day.

He said: "I am a great fan of Carol Vorderman, particularly because of her hard work promoting the very important role of the RAF Wings Appeal.

"This is the first year that we are showcasing RAF On Air so to have Carol involved will be a fantastic element of what should be a memorable day for the public."

Vorderman will also launch the RAF Display Teams' Coast-to-Coast Cycle Challenge.

On October 11, a combined team of 20 cyclists from the BBMF and Red Arrows will attempt to cycle the UK at its widest point in just four days.

The project aims to raise more than £50,000 for two charities – the RAF Wings Appeal which offers welfare support to servicemen and Fly2help which is a flying/aviation charity.

The RAF Waddington International Airshow will take place this Saturday and Sunday. Visit www.waddington airshow.co.uk for more.

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  • CarrickBuzz  |  June 28 2011, 11:42AM

    This is brilliant news! I love Carol - the thinking man and woman's woman. Hope she has a great time!

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