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Your guide to the Waddington Airshow 2012

The annual RAF Waddington Airshow is back on June 30 and July 1, and promises more displays from across the world.

Gates open from 8am until 7.30pm, and will offer displays, stalls, activities and other demonstrations for families to enjoy.

Tickets to the show cost £21 for adults (16+), £11 child and £52 for a family package. Under 5s go free. You can buy tickets at a variety of places across the county.

Air displays

The Airshow can already boast a variety of air display throughout the day, between 10am and 5.30pm.

Already, the events team have already announced displays from the Korean Black Eagles, Saudi Arabian Hawks, Italian Frecce Tricolori and the Swedish Air Force’s Saab 340 Erieye.

Of course, you’ll also see a number of the RAF’s planes in the skies, including the prestigious Red Arrows display team.

A number of planes will also be on static display, such as the Australian Wedgetail.

Bored of seeing planes in the sky? How about watching a variety of Birds of Prey in action?

Other attractions

You don’t have to keep your eyes in the skies to have fun at the show. In addition to the static displays, there will be plenty of stalls to browse and activities to enjoy.

A craft fair will be held in one of the hangers, while in Hanger 3 and 5, you can grab something to eat and drink while enjoying live music.

Other highlights include and outdoor funfair, a vintage vehicle exhibition and Jaguar enthusiasts enclosure, meet the pilots, mini tanks, Vulcan Village and plenty more stalls and enclosures.

Pleasure flights

If you really want to treat yourself throughout the show, get a birds eye view of the proceedings from a helicopter.

Helicopter Pleasure rides cost £35 per person and can be booked online or by calling 01243 530165. Each ticket comes with a free souvenir programme.

VIP experience

If you happen to be a patron of the “Lord Trenchard Pavilion”, “Bomber Harris Chalet” and “Silver Wings Enclosure”, Elite Helicopters are offering a shuttle service from Newark Air Museum (off the A46) into the show. This will drop you directly in front of your private enclosure, giving you a great view of everything happening on the runway. No need to queue or park.

The general public can also take advantage of the Newark shuttle service, costing £145 per Adult and £125 per Child (2-15 years). This service must be booked prior to the show, and does not include general admission. Contact Reservations Manager Katerina Greenlaw on 01522 727011 to book.

App and map

If you are struggling to find the attractions you need, there is both a coded map and an app to help you navigate the base.

The app, available in the App Store for iPhones and iPod Touches and Google Play for Android devices, will give you all the info you need on the go. As well as an online map and news feed, it also contains an intelligent navigator, which uses augmented reality and QR Codes to tell you more about different planes and other useful information about RAF Waddington.

Click here to download the app


Photo: Joshua Potter for The Lincolnite