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Heat Wave at Waddington

 During the first weekend, much of the UK basked in a heatwave, only marred by England's defeat in the World Cup Quarter Finals! As well as the football, the RAF held it's Premier airshow at RAF Waddington. 2006 saw Waddington celebrate the end of the Canberra's 55 years of service to the RAF and the 70th Anniversary of the first flight of the Spitfire. Paul Johnson/Flightline UK reports. All Photography copyright of Author.

It's fair to say 2006 must have been a difficult year in the Waddington Airshow office. The show clashed with two events in Europe which between them managed to swallow up most forign military displays which left the organisers with a difficult task getting in the participation and left enthusiasts dissappointed. Come show time, the glorious weather made for for some of the dissappoitment and Waddington produced two fine days of flying displays showing the RAF and it's assetts off to best advanatage under blue skies. The show also gave visitors an insight to the future of RAF Waddington with the first public appearance of the Sentinal R1 in the static park.. The RAF also said good bye to the Canberra PR9 at the show and Sqn Ldr Terry Cairns put on a superb show winning the award for best presented display against some stiff oppostion. Visit the links below for a closer look at the show.

Once again the organisation at Waddington was superb and presented a great opportunity to see the RAF and other show off their wares to the public. The lack of participation from Europe will have dissappointed some, but the flying display was as entertaining as ever and the ground exhibits equally interesting a varied. The show returns in 2007 provisionally over the weekend 30th June-1st July 2007.

Part One : The Static Displays

Part Two : The Flying Display

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