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LIVE: RAF Waddington International Air Show in Lincolnshire

By AlexColman  |  Posted: June 30, 2012

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The crowds at last year Waddington International Air Show

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The annual RAF Waddington International Air Show is taking place this weekend in Lincolnshire.

More than 100,000 visitors are expected to enjoy the spectacle of a seven-hour flying display above RAF Waddington airbase.

Around 50 aircraft will be taking part in the airborne displays, featuring the Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight as well as modern aircraft such as the Typhoon from the Royal Air Force display team.

The gates open at 8am and the air displays start at 10:00am and finish at 5:30pm on both days.

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The Red Arrows, which are based locally at RAF Scampton, are set to be one of the highlights of the day that has more than 20 different nations taking part.

Another local favourite, the Vulcan XH558 has sadly been forced to cancel its appearance after suffering a double engine failure and although engines No.1 and No.2 of the aircraft have been replaced, it is awaiting its first test flight and will not be included this weekend.

The air show also offers a chance for members of the public to get close to some of the most impressive military and civilian aircraft such as the C130H Hercules, with an extensive ground display in two exhibition hangers.

Visitors have the opportunity to get their photo taken in the cockpit of an F4 Phantom and a Lightening with helicopter pleasure flights running throughout the event.

Gates do not close until 7:30pm, allowing time to enjoy some of the extra attractions such as a funfair and classic cars, after the flying displays have ended.

Running since 1995, the Waddington International Air Show aims to raise public understanding and awareness of the Royal Air Force and its modern role with proceeds of the show going to the RAF and local charities.

To help spectators get the most from the show, organisers are encouraging people to download the official mobile app .

You can keep up-to-date with the show via this article with hourly updates and video and picture highlights throughout both days of the event...


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6:00pm: That's it for flight displays today at RAF Waddington. The show does remain open until 7:30pm for people to have a look at the other attractions on the base.

Galleries from Day 1 will be posted throughout the evening and we will return tomorrow with more live coverage.

4:45pm Air display teams from three nations have graced the skies of Lincolnshire this afternoon with the Korean Black Eagles, The Italian Frecce Tricolori and the Saudi Hawks.

Before the airborne show draws to a close at 5:30pm there is still an appearance from the Eurofighter Typhoon.

The Italian Frecce Tricolori colourful take off...

3:30pm:The Korean Black Hawks have just completed their debut display in the West. The team put on a tight display and demonstrated the capabilities of the Korean developed T-50 aircraft.

Things to look out for this afternoon are the Italian display team, Frecce Tricolori, at 3:45pm and the Saudi Hawks at 4:15pm.

2:15pm:The crowd stood in silence as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight passed overhead, in remembrance of the 55,000 servicemen who died in Bomber Command.

It was a moving scene as a Lancaster and two Spitfire planes descended on the air base.

1:00pm:The Red Arrows display has been a highlight of the show so far with the seven Hawks flying around 8ft apart at speeds up to 400mph.

The RAF Acrobatic Team also performed their special phoenix formation to remember the tragic loss of Flt Lt Jon Egging and Flt Lt Sean Cunningham last year.

12:45pm:Some video highlights from the morning at the air show.

The Red Arrows display...

A Dutch F16 at RAF Waddington...

12.00pm: The Red Arrows are about to appear in the show.

Vulcan Display Pilot, Bill Ramsey, has spoken about how disappointed he is that the Vulcan will not fly at this weekend.

"For me it is a real tragedy. Waddington is regarded as our homecoming show so for some it is especially devastating.

"We are planning for the Vulcan to be back next year"

11.00am: A fantastic performance from two Tornados has warmed up the crowds as the sun is beginning to fight through the clouds.

The Black Cats and Hawk are about to take off.

Tornados put on a display...

A Jubilee Hawk takes off at RAF Waddington...

10:00am:The RAF Waddington International Air Show has now begun with a station flypast featuring aircraft from the Lincolnshire base.

They will be followed by the RAF Falcons and then the Tornado just before 10:30am.


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