RAF Waddington

RAF Waddington was treated to a famous visitor on Wednesday evening, when the C17 Globemaster landed at the airbase.

Based normally at RAF Brize Norton, the C17 Globemaster aircraft flew to Lincolnshire as part of routine but essential military flying training.

It landed at RAF Waddington but headed back to Brize Norton soon after.

It was only a brief visit for the aircraft before heading home. | Photo: MOD Crown

The plane was utilised by 99 Squadron, who have been the sole UK operator of that aircraft for 20 years.

Developed in the United States, the Boeing C17 Globemaster III is a heavy-lift transport aircraft used for missions across the world.

Standing at almost 17m wide and 53m long, it was certainly a recognisable visitor at RAF Waddington’s airbase.

The incredible aircraft has been at Brize Norton’s base for 20 years. | Photo: MOD Crown

A Bourne man has met the paramedics who saved his life at a launch of a new ambucopter for Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

Neil Wood was travelling to work when a lorry lost control and forced his car into a ditch.

He suffered a serious head injury, a shattered and dislocated pelvis and a shattered knee cap.

Thanks to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance he is “here to tell the tale” and is now back at home with his wife and two children after spending four and a half months in hospital.

Now, a new state-of-the-art AgustaWestland 169 (AW169) helicopter has arrived at its new Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance base at RAF Waddington to help save more lives in the county.

The new aircraft will become operational from Wednesday, June 14 and will undertake an average of three life-saving missions every single day.

The AW169 has significant benefits and will enhance patient care. It is bigger, giving paramedics and doctors 360-degree access to patients in flight, it is faster meaning it can get to patients quicker, and it has better endurance meaning it can fly further without the need to refuel.

Each lifesaving mission undertaken with the new aircraft will cost an average of £2,500.

With around 1,000 of these missions undertaken every year, the charity needs to raise £2.5million over the next year.

The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance has been operational for over 23 years and in that time the crew has responded to over 18,200 of the most serious and time critical 999 calls, including road traffic collisions, cardiac arrests, sporting accidents, farming incidents, and falls.

CEO Karen Jobling said: “The aircraft also has the most advanced navigation capabilities on offer in the industry and is extremely future-proof.

“We are proud to say that our charity saves lives every day, and with this new aircraft we can continue doing so for many years to come.

“I’m sure our supporters will be pleased to see that the new ambucopter is the same yellow colour that we have all grown so fond of and that it will be spotted very soon flying through our skies, on route to another life-saving mission.”

A new trail dedicated to the Vulcan Bomber’s local significance has been launched in Lincolnshire.

Leaflets for the trail are now available at the Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre and other North Kesteven visitor attractions, as well as aviation heritage sites across the county.

The trail was launched on the 60th anniversary of the first Vulcan arriving at RAF Waddington, at the Waddington Aviation Viewing Experience, the WAVE, on the A15.

Vulcan XM607, which famously bombed Port Stanley in the Falklands War, is highly visible as RAF Waddington’s gate guardian.

RAF Waddington was the UK’s first and last Vulcan base and joins RAF Scampton, where a Roman road was diverted to allow for runway extension to accommodate the supercraft, and RAF Coningsby as sites of particular interest on the trail.

At the launch were four former Vulcan pilots and crew spanning its decades of service.

One of whom was North Kesteven District Councillor Lance Pennell who piloted the legendary craft over four years up to 1981 with 101 Squadron.

He said: “Like the Lancaster, the Vulcan is iconic to Lincolnshire and a great draw to many aviation enthusiasts.

“It is really great to celebrate the Vulcan’s association with Lincolnshire and its legacy in this way and I encourage anyone to pick up a leaflet and step out on a journey of discovery.”