RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire hosts this major RAF Airshow, which is very popular, and usually held in June. The display includes many modern RAF aircraft, foreign aircraft, and display teams.
RAF Waddington is a fully operational unit of No 3 Group within RAF Strike Command and is home to the RAF's airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) aircraft.
Three resident squadrons, No 8, No 23 and No 51 operate the Boeing E-3D Sentry and Nimrod R1 aircraft in these roles. The E-3D aircraft of Nos 8 and 23 Squadrons also constitute the UK Component of the NATO Airborne Early Warning Force. The newly re-formed 5(AC) Sqn, expected to receive its Sentinel R1 aircraft soon, will operate in the ASTOR (Airborne Stand-Off Radar) role.
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Waddington opened in 1916 as a flying training station for the RFC (Royal Flying Corps). In 1919 the base was closed but it reopened in 1926 as a bomber station.
During World War 2, Waddington took part in the strategic bomber offensive against Germany. In 1941 it was equipped with the famous Avro Lancaster (it was the first RAF base to be equipped with Lancasters) operated by 44 squadron. Other bombers based here were the Hampden and Manchester.
After the war, Waddington remained with Bomber Command and operated the Avro Lincoln and later the Canberra. In 1957, the mighty Avro Vulcan was based at RAF Waddington, which played a part in maintaining the British nuclear deterrent .
During the Falkland conflict in 1982, Waddington's Vulcans saw action when they flew several bombing missions over the islands. In 1990/91, Waddington received the Boeing E-3D Sentry after the troubled Nimrod AEW was cancelled. The E-3 Sentry is operated by 8 squadron and 23 squadron. In 1995, Nimrods of 51 squadron came to Waddington.
Today, RAF Waddington is a fully operational unit of No 2 Group within RAF Air Command and is home to No 34 Expeditionary Air Wing comprising the RAF's airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) aircraft. Four resident squadrons, Nos 8, 23, 51 and 54(R) Squadrons operate the Boeing E-3D Sentry and Nimrod R1 aircraft in these roles. The Sentry aircraft of Nos 8, 23 and 54(R) Squadrons also constitute the UK Component of the NATO Airborne Early Warning Force. The newly re-formed 5(AC) Sqn, which recently received its first Sentinel R1 aircraft, will pick up its historic "army co-operation" mantle and operate in the ASTOR (Airborne Stand-Off Radar) role.
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Waddington Air Show|
30th June - 1st July 2012
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