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LIVE: RAF Waddington International Air Show in Lincolnshire - Day 2

By AlexColman  |  Posted: July 01, 2012

  • The cloud filled sky made a dramatic back drop for the display.

  • Children enjoyed seeing the aircraft.

  • The Korean Black Hawks made an impressive debut.

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More than 60,000 visitors attended day one of Waddington International Air Show which raises money for the RAF and local charities.

The annual two-day show includes a seven-hour air display with an international line up, featuring planes from around 20 different nations.

Two of the days highlights came from the Saudi Hawks and the Korean Black Eagles who both made their debuts at Waddington and it is the first time the Black Eagles have flown in the West.

As ever the Red Arrows display was sharp and impressed the audience as they listened to action from the cockpit during the performance that involved seven planes travelling in formation at around 400mph as close as 8ft apart from each other.

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This year's show coincided with Armed Forces Day, yesterday and crowds were asked to admire the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight in silence in remembrance for servicemen and women who have been lost or injured.

As two Spitfires and a Lancaster Bomber flew overhead thoughts were with the 55,7573 people who died in Bomber Command during World War II.

Traffic was managed well and despite heavy showers early on, the grass parking and walk ways remained in good condition.


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5:40pm: Attendance at the 2012 Waddington International Air Show has been confirmed at 125,000. The Korean Black Eagles have been awarded the Boeing Trophy for the best display of the weekend.

The airborne demonstrations are now finished but once again the gates will remain open until 7:30pm for visitors to enjoy the attractions on the ground.

We will bring you galleries from today later this evening.

4:00pm: Videos of the Chinook and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight as the sky turns dark at the air show.

The weather is struggling to hold off for the rest of the show but crowds are braving the elements.

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight...

Chinook helicopter against the dark sky at Waddington...

2:45pm: Two Tornado planes have set off car alarms with a demonstration based on their role British operations in Afghanistan. The aircraft are still a major part of the British defence force despite being in service for 30 years.

From 3:15pm will be the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and then the Italian Frecce Tricolori.

13:30pm: It will be your last chance to see the Red Arrows this weekend at 2:00pm who start a packed hour in the skies above Waddington.

The Red Arrows will be followed by the Tornado, Union Jack liveried Hawk and Chinook Helicopter.

12:30pm: The Black Eagles have almost finshed, their aircraft are larger than normal training planes and make a lot of noise. Due to the cloud the show was limited to a low level blue display.

The Belgian Red Devils are the highlight of the next hour at 12:45pm.

Prince Edward visits Waddington...

11:45am: The Korean Black Eagles will fly at midday and their 35 minute display is unmissable.

The eight T-50 planes demonstrate exciting formations made up of fast passes and synchro manoeuvres.

11:30am: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex has just been in the main exhibition hangar as part of his visit to Waddington.

The Prince spoke to members of the public and RAF personnel whilst touring the stands.

The Saudi Hawks are currently performing and this weekend is their first appearance at Waddington Air Show.

10:30am: The Eurofighter Typhoon has just woken up the spectators as it thundered around the airfield at speeds close to Mach 1.

9:30am: Organisers opened gates early than 8:00am this morning which seemed to help traffic flow into the event.

The seven and a half hour flying display is in a different order to yesterday which sees the Eurofighter Typhoon display at around 10:25am, something not to be missed.


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  • adamcayhall  |  July 02 2012, 9:21AM

    Thanks but when you are stuck at home caring for a sick person who cannot do anything such a timetable would have helped, I'm sure

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  • camelherder  |  July 01 2012, 6:11PM

    Not having a go Adam but the only way to find out is to go to the show and purchase a program. The order of display is kept to just the program due to a percentage of the proceeds going to worthy forces causes such as the RAF Benevolent fund.

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  • AnnNom  |  July 01 2012, 3:15PM

    I think Adam that a couple of people have assumed you are watching the show for free, maybe in the layby on the B1188. It's just as likely, of course, that you are in your own back garden. I couldn't find any timings on the interweb, if that's any consolation.

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  • adamcayhall  |  July 01 2012, 2:00PM

    Why does that question get a negative rating, dudes you really are pants out ther It was a simple question

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  • adamcayhall  |  July 01 2012, 8:51AM

    where can i find the order of display with timings other than being at the show please?

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