The dates for Waddington International Air Show 2011 have been announced. This spectacular air show will take place on the 2nd and 3rd July 2011. Situated 3 miles south of Lincoln at RAF Waddington this event is the largest air show organised by the RAF, with all proceeds donated to local charities and the RAF.
Waddington Air Show is known to be one of the best air shows on the aviation calendar, this is not just an event for the novice plane enthusiast and military plane spotter but a true family UK event, with the organisation you would expect from one of the worlds best armed forces. Although the exact details of what we can expect to see on the day, have yet to be released, Planes Trains Automobiles has put together an overview of the 2010 air show.
Waddington Air Show 2010.
The main theme for the Waddington Air Show 2010 was to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, with a spectacular show of the worlds best WW2 planes. However, the event also marked appearances from Belgium, Czech Republic, France and Turkey.
The E-3D Sentry and AEW1 based at RAF Waddington also put in a grand appearance, along with a rather grand looking E-3c Sentry from the United States Air Force. Also on display was the RAF’s Nimrod R1, Sintinel R1, Shadow R1, Tornado F3, C-17A Globemaster III from the 99 Squadron based at RAF Brize Norton. Westland Puma HC1 represented the RAF’s battlefield helicopters. Along with the Harrier GR9 and Tornado GR4.
The Royal Navy showcased the Sea King ASac7 and Jetstream T2, whilst the Army was represented by the Apache AH1, Britten Norman Defender and Alpha Jet A.
Display teams played a huge part of the air show, representation included RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team and The Red Arrows.
All Armed forces commended the Battle of Britain by showcasing some of their finest Military Aircraft. The Army sent the Historic Aircraft Flight, whilst the Sea Hawk FGA6, Westland Lynx HMA8 and Westland Merlin HM1 represented the RAF.
To mark the anniversry of the Battle of Britain the following vintage military aircraft made a welcomed appearance to delight the crowd.
- Typhoon and BBMF Spitfire Synchro Pair
- Hurricane I
- Hurricane IIb
- Spitfire IXT
- Spitfire V
- Spitfire XVI
- Spitfire IX
- Hispano Buchon (Me109J)
WW1 planes were also present during the event to mark the RAF’S 90th Anniversary of air shows. The following aircraft included:
- Great War Display Team
- De Havilland Dragon Rapide
- Avro Anson
- De Havilland Venom
- Jet Provosts (T5 and T3A)
- Hawker Hunter F58
Trade and Craft Fairs
At the Waddington Air show the trade and craft fair promises to be huge. As well as aviation and military goods there should be everything for the plane spotter or enthusiast.
Hangar 4 Exhibition
In hanger 4 there is a new Defence and Unmanned Air Vehicle Exhibition. Also see the latest in defence technology. Entrance to the Hangar 4 Exhibition is FREE.
Hangar 5 Exhibition
Interested in joining the RAF? Check out the RAF careers in the RAF exhibition. Also in Hanger No5 is a cafeteria run by the Women’s Institute serving high quality food and drink will enable you to relax and enjoy yourself. Entrance to No 5 Hangar is FREE.
Classic Car & Vintage Military Vehicle Exhibition
The Waddington International Air Show Classic Car & Vintage Military Vehicle Exhibition is located at the southern end of the show, behind the main static aircraft line. If taking a trip down memory lane is the thing you for then why not enjoy looking at some classic cars and vintage vehicles. Entrance to all areas of the Vintage and Classic Car Exhibition is FREE.
A funfair and flight simulators will also be available during the air show
Waddington Air Show tickets
If all of the above has wet your appetite to attend the 2011 Waddington Air show, tickets are now in sale. For more details log onto the official website.
Directions to Waddington Air Show
For directions to Waddington Air Show follow the link, Waddington Airshow directions.
If watching the military planes aerobatic displays doesnt quench your thirst for the skies then try an experience day. With so many experience days to choose from we have found a selection from flying lessons, helicopter flights, books and DVD’s.
*Please note this information is only a guide and you should refer to the official website for confirmation of events.