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Eastern Blast at Waddington

The RAF Waddington International Air Show is the RAF's premier aviation spectacular of the year and is held at the RAF's main reconnaissance base. While the show is mainly a huge public relations and recruitment event for the RAF and UK armed services, it also attracts a number of foreign military and civilian participants making it a must attand event for enthusiasts. Paul Johnson/Flightline UK reports. All Photography copyright of Author.

The last few years have been difficult for the organisers due to the strain being felt by armed forces around the world. The 2005 show however attracted some real stars from Eastern European forces to what is possibly the best organised military airshow of the year. Romanian MiG-21s in the static park while a Hungarian MiG-29 and Polish Air Force Team Orliky performed over head brought back many memories of the early nineties and the collapse of the Iron Curtain. Also, the involvement from the UK Armed Forces and support organisations was particularly strong this year with a number of unique and exciting displays. However, participants from western Europe were few and far between with perhaps the show's proximity to RIAT to blame - no spanish or italian participants at all! Once again we can do nothing but praise the organisation of the event. Getting on and off the airfield is not too much bother and there's plenty of amenities and things to see and do even if you are sick of aircraft! The only real gripe with the show is some very poor static layouts which make photogrpahy of the static very difficult in places. A little more space between the barriers and aircraft would be greatly appreciated by a large number of the more photographically minded enthusiasts!

Part 1 : Click Here for a look at the Static Displays

Part 2 : Click Here for a review of the Flying Displays

We would like to thank Jacqui Wheeler and the Press Team at Waddington for the hospitality over the weekend. As many of you may know, this was Jacqui's last Waddington show and we would like to wish her well for the future.

 copyright Flightline UK 2005