Spanish display team to join Waddington Air Show

The Spanish Air Force helicopter display team will fly at the RAF Waddington International Air Show this year, their first ever UK display.

The Patrulla ASPA team will fly five Eurocopter EC-120s at the show in July.

The Spanish team, one of a few Air Force helicopter display teams in Europe, was set up in 2003 and made their first appearance outside Spain in 2005 at the Portugal Air show.

The routine combines formation, opposition passes, solo routines and a smoke system, usually found on fast jets.

Meanwhile the EC-120 Colibri, which translates as Hummingbird, can carry up to two pilots and four passengers, and has a cruising speed of 120 knots and a maximum speed of 150 knots.

The Waddington Show organisers are pleased the Spanish team can take part in their 20th show, which has also confirmed the Swiss Air Force’s F/A-18 Hornet.

This year’s show is also marking the 65th Anniversary of NATO, the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, and the 50th Display Season of the Red Arrows.

Paul Sall, Air Show Director, said: “The air show team are thrilled to welcome the return of the Spanish Air Force, making Spain the second country to confirm their support for 2014.

“This year represents a real milestone for the show. Not only is it our 20th year but it’s the 50th display season for the Red Arrows.

“So we are absolutely determined to make this show the best ever and we are delighted that a truly exciting programme is already coming together.”

Tickets for the event on July 5-6 are on sale now, with an increase in sales beginning to show already.

Proceeds from the show are donated to force and local charities.

For more information about the show or to book tickets go to the show’s official website.