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RAF Waddington International Air Show 2015 is axed due to runway rebuild

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: July 03, 2014

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Next year’s Waddington Air Show has been cancelled due to a £35m rebuild of the runway.

The work will extend Waddington’s 9,000ft runway by 528 ft and increase its operational life by 25 years.

Aircraft will be forced to operate from other bases during the work, even though they will still be controlled from Waddington.

A large amount of construction machinery and workers will be at the site to complete the work.

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The 59 week project is due to start in September this year meaning there will be no air show in July 2015.

Wing Commander Jim Beldon said: "The runway at RAF Waddington needs major refurbishment.

"We expect the work will take around 59 weeks and that will eventually take us up to and beyond the 2015 air show.

"Unfortunately, therefore, it was decided that the Waddington Air Show 2015 has to be cancelled."

Meanwhile, there will be no tickets available on the gates on either day of the 2014 show this weekend.

Tickets are available from HSBC and Morrisons in Lincoln until the close of play tomorrow.

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  • camelherder  |  July 04 2014, 7:47AM

    The RAF will want the runway up and running A.S.A.P. and there is no doubt that the contractors will be on a time scale. It may well be that the runway would have been finished in time for the show weekend but not in time to program in all the aircraft, advertising etc. I say well done the RAF.

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  • Steve_Hykeham  |  July 03 2014, 4:21PM

    Sorry Dave, but this isn't new news, it's been known for some months now

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  • DAVEinLINCOLN  |  July 03 2014, 3:01PM

    Just a cynical ploy to boost ticket sales for this year

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