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Rewind: Waddington Air Show 2014 — Day 1

Catch up with the displays, action and atmosphere on the first day of the 2014 RAF Waddington International Air Show on July 5.

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We’re on our way to the Air Show. It’s a wet start to the day and traffic is busy in Lincoln.

This year’s event will be the 20th Waddington International Air Show. Next year’s event has been cancelled due to major runway works at the station for 59 weeks from September. The 2016 event is yet to be confirmed.

Air Show traffic restrictions

Traffic is busy in central Lincoln heading towards the A15 for the event. There are a range of road closures and diversions on the A15, A607, B1178 and several other routes leading to RAF Waddington. See the full list of traffic restrictions.

It’s a wet start to the Waddington Air Show, but the rain should clear soon ahead of the first display. At the event today updating you are Daniel Ionescu reporting and Steve Smailes taking photos.

A great preview of the Air Show from the air from Red 10:

Watching the aircraft arrive for the event is also of interest to many aviation enthusiasts:

Air Show staff are in a good mood today:

RAF intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance aircraft will open the Air Show shortly.

Photographers ready for the first display

RAF Tucano T1

Kicking off the Waddington Air Show displays was the RAF Tucano T1. The aircraft was operated by Flt Lt Dave Kirby. The jet provides basic fast jet flying training to RAF and Royal Navy student pilots.

Very busy Air Show

Organisers just said the RAF Waddington International Air Show is proving to be a huge success again this year and they are now close to capacity.

Traffic waiting to come into the Air Show has not been turned away. But police and the Air Show organisers are advising people who may be thinking of coming later that the car parks are filling up quickly.

Air Show Spokesman, Wing Commander Jim Beldon said: “We want to avoid disappointing people who may be thinking of arriving later, as we are getting full. If you are in possession of a ticket we will get you in. However we are not selling tickets on the gate so if you are not in possession of a ticket you will not be able to get in.”

Hawker Hunter F6A

The Hawker Hunter F6A was the second display. The aircraft operates from Leeuwarden air base.

RAF Chinook

The 2014 RAF Chinook display team is made up of aircrew and engineers from 18 and 27 Squadrons based at RAF Odiham. The team has a new display for 2014 combining some of last year’s sequence with new high-energy manoeuvres. The display pilot was Flt Lt Charlie brown, supported by Sgts Andy Caldwell and Anna Irwin.

The Blades

The Blades are a leading display team of former Red Arrows pilots using Extra 300 aircraft. The team began in 2006 and has done more than 470 display over nine seasons.

This year they are again under the leadership of Blade 1 Mark ‘Cutty’ Cutmore.

The Blades are the only aerobatic display team in the world that also operates and airline, flying over 400 passengers per year.

OV-10B Bronco

The OV-10B Bronco is a turboprop light attack and observation aircraft developed in the 1960s, used in the Vietnam War. The display pilot, Tony De Bruyn, has over 4,000 flying hours to his credit and loves displaying the bronco to its best advantage.

Tony was injured in 2012 after the Bronco crashed and caught fire, but after 18 months of recovery and major restoration of the aircraft, he is back for a display at Waddington. Tony owned three Broncos and still has two of them.

RAFAT Flypast

The Red Arrows did a quick flypast at the Air Show, then landed ahead of the display later on today at around 3.30pm.

Swiss Air Force F18 Hornet

The Swiss Air Force F/A-18C Hornet display demo was piloted by captain Julien ‘Teddy’ Meister from the Payerne air base in the heart of the country.

The Hornet is expected to serve with the Swiss Air Force until at least 2025, as the fleet are undergoing capability improvements.

Waddington Air Show by the numbers

  • 160 display aircraft
  • 6,106 crowd barriers used
  • around 2,000 service personnel on duty
  • 540 cadets supporting the Air Show from across the UK
  • 250,000 advertising leaflets, 5,000 posters and 22,000 souvenir programmes
  • 40 Charitable organisations attend the Air Show to support their fund raising efforts.
  • 102 individual projects support the Air Show
  • 2013 Air Show reached a record attendance of 148,000
  • £3.2 million raised for charity since 1995

The E-3D Sentry AEW1 ZH104 is one of six operated by RAF Waddington’s 8 Squadron. NATO’s E-3As can be easily identified from their RAF counterparts by the large cheek-mounted radar blisters and smaller engines.

The Red Arrows display is scheduled for 3.30pm, and you can meet the pilots at Hangar 3 from 4.30pm, where RAF On Air will also interview the team.

BBMF nostalgia

The Lancaster flanked by two Spitfires for the BBMF display.

Lynx and Dakota displays

RAF Typhoon

It’s been 20 years since the Eurofighter Typhoon’s first flight, and the 2014 Air Show display was performed by Flt Lt Noel Rees of 29(R) Squadron from RAF Coningsby.

Royal Jordanian Falcons

The Royal Jordanian Falcons aerobatics team was established in 1976 to promote peace and friendship to the world through the art and science of aviation. The team operates five Extra 300L aircraft since 2007.


The Soloturk aircraft are embellished with a myriad of symbols, all in a palette of black, silver and gold. During the display, the crowds were able to catch a glimpse of the crescent and the star which can be seen under the aircraft during flight, the golden colouring symbolizing the loyalty and value attributed by the Turkish Air Force to the national flag. The team of 13 showed off the capability of the Turkish Air Force’s high-performance F16 aircraft.

The Vulcan

The XH 558 was the first Mk2 Vulcan to enter RAF service: she was delivered to 230 Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Waddington on July 1, 1960. She had an extremely varied service life, starting as a training aircraft before graduating to a front line free-fall nuclear bomber.

She was converted to Maritime Radar Reconnaissance and the in-flight refueling tanker variants, finally taking her place as the only Vulcan flying in the RAF from 1986 to 1993 as the aircraft for the Vulcan Display Flight.

14 years after its last flight and with over £7 million spent, Vulcan XH558 roared into the air again on in October 2007. XH558 was finally granted her Permit to Fly on 3rd July 2008, and returned to air displays two days later at a packed RAF Waddington Airshow, her former home. A firm favourite with the public she has been wowing the crowds ever since.

The Red Arrows

2014 marks the Golden Anniversary for the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, better known as the Red Arrows. Formed in 1964 from several existing squadron based teams, the Red Arrows have become recognised as one of the best military formation aerobatics teams in the world.

The team have displayed in no less than 55 countries since 1965 and have completed more than 4500 public displays witnessed by many millions of people. Demonstrating the very best of ‘British’, the teams display demonstrates the art of precision flying striving for excellence as reflected in the team’s motto ‘ECLAT’. The Red Arrows are performing both days of the show.

Patrulla ASPA

Making their debut at Waddington is the Patrulla ASPA helicopter display team flying five EC120 Colibri helicopters, which are adorned with the Spanish national colours.

The ASPA team is a group of professional flight experts who perform the demanding task of showing society their highly technical preparation as helicopter pilots for the Spanish Air Force along with their daily duties as flight instructors in 78th Wing Helicopter School.

Hunter G-FFOX

Known as ‘Foxy lady’, the Hunter T7 G-FFOX was originally built as a single seat F4. After an accident in 1956 it was converted to a twin-seat T7 trainer. It was purchased in 1996 by Delta Jets and has been a regular performer at air shows since. It operates from Cranfield in Bedfordshire. The pilot was Chris Heames.

The 2014 RAF Waddington International Air Show welcomed more than 70,000 visitors on the first day of the event, organisers have said.

You can now see our first day gallery here.

Reporting today was Daniel Ionescu with photography from Steve Smailes. Thanks for following along.