The Spanish Air Force helicopter display team will fly their first ever UK display at the RAF Waddington International Air Show this year.
The Patrulla ASPA team will be flying five Eurocopter EC-120s at the show in July.
It will be the team’s first appearance at an air show anywhere in the UK. The team, formed in 2003, has pilots drawn from 782 Escuadrón based at Armilla in south eastern Spain.
The announcement is a coup for the organisers of the Waddington Show, which celebrates its 20th year this year.
It has already announced the appearance of the Swiss Air Force’s F/A-18 Hornet. The aircraft, then piloted by Captain Ralph “Deasy” Knittel, last appeared at the show in 2012 and came second in the best flying display award.
The Spanish team, one of only a few Air Force helicopter display teams in Europe, made their first appearance outside Spain in 2005 at the Portugal Air show.
The team’s routine combines formation, opposition passes, solo routines and completed with a smoke system that is more regularly found on fast jets.
The EC-120 Colibri, Hummingbird in English, was first developed in 1998 and can carry up to two pilots and four passengers, with a cruising speed of 120 knots and a maximum speed of 150 knots.
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.”
This year’s show is marking a number of important landmarks – the 65th Anniversary of NATO, the 70th Anniversary of D Day and the 50th Display Season of the Red Arrows among them.
The event, launched two decades ago to raise public understanding of the RAF and its role, attracts upwards of 140,000 visitors every year.
Proceeds from the show are donated to force and local charities. Since 1995 the show has donated a staggering £3.3m to charity.
Tickets sales began 1 November 2013 and are showing an increase in sales from this time last year.
The RAF Waddington International Airshow is the Royal Air Force’s premier airshow of the year and is the biggest shop-window for the public to see what the RAF does. The 2013 event took place in the mid-summer heatwave and saw participation from across Europe.
The show also celebrated two very important RAF anniversaries; the 95th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force itself and the 70th Anniversary of the Ruhr Dams raid by 617 “Dambusters” Squadron. As such, the event attracted Royal patronage and Honorary Air Commodore HRH Earl of Wessex provides an introduction to the show and RAF Waddington for the Media Group’s production.
As with most airshow DVDs, the Media Group’s production covers all the major flying display highlights over the 107 minute running time with clear and informative commentary from Ben Dunnell. For the most part of the footage of the flying is generally good but on occasion it is quite shaky and certainly for the coverage of the Belgian F-16 the sound doesn’t quite match the visuals! There are however several highlights including some dramatic on-aircraft footage from Mike Brageot’s Xtreme Air XA41
What really sets the Media Group productions apart is the level of detail they put into the production. The Dambusters Anniversary and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight feature very strongly at the beginning of the production with interviews with OC BBMF Squadron Leader Dunc Mason plus other key personnel plus a charming interview between Dams Raid veteran Johnny Johnson and current 617 aircrew plus behind-the-scenes footage of the BBMF hangar at nearby RAF Coningsby. There is also a look at the RAF Waddington Heritage Centre plus interview with those currently stationed at Waddington plus of course many of the visiting display crews.
Overall, this is a great souvenir of the 2013 RAF Waddington International Airshow. The DVD adds an extra dimension to the show with its extended coverage, particularly of the Battle of Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Dambusters 70th Anniversary
AIRSHOW NEWS: Advance Ticket Sales Rocketing Sky High at RAF Waddington International Airshow
With the RAF Waddington International Airshow only days away, the organising team are delighted to report that advance ticket sales are so high that there is a strong possibility that all available tickets will have been purchased prior to the event and that there may not be any tickets on sale on the day.
The Royal Netherlands Air Force has released the 2013 schedule for their F-16 Demo Team. It includes two UK shows, namely RAF Waddington International Airshow and the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford.
26th May – Volkel in de Wolken, Netherlands
31st May – Leeuwarden, Netherlands
2nd June – Châteaudun, France
12th June – Leeuwarden, Netherlands
14th-15th June – Lutchmachtdagen – Volkel, Netherlands
RAF Waddington’s International Air Show has welcomed the news that the iconic Avro Vulcan Bomber XH558 will once again be gracing the skies at this year’s air show, scheduled for the weekend of 6th and 7th July
This much loved aircraft returned triumphantly to the public domain at the RAF Waddington International Air Show in July 2008 for the first time after an absence of 16 years and has been seen by many millions of people all over the country since that incredible first year. Confirmation of her attendance means that visitors to this year’s Air Show can look forward to what many observers’ term the ‘Vulcan Effect’; this being used to describe the amazing impact the aircraft has on the public when she appears at air shows and other events.
RAF Waddington International Air Show Director Paul Sall says: “We’re working really hard on an exciting line up for this year’s Air Show, so to have confirmation that the Avro Vulcan, which is such a favourite of the crowd, will attend is fantastic news.”It is almost 20 years to the day since XH558 was retired from the Service and left RAF Waddington for what some thought would be for good. However, since 2008 XH558 has been kept in superb running condition by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust and volunteers at Robin Hood Airport at Doncaster. Now research to extend the flying life of this, the last airworthy Vulcan has taken a significant step forward as engineers seek to solve the technical challenges that could stop the aircraft flying after the 2013 season.
Robert Pleming, Chief Executive of Vulcan to the Sky, says: “I’m delighted that our plans to return Vulcan XH558 to the 2013 air display season are currently still on schedule, despite the financial challenges that we have faced over the winter. Indeed we still have to overcome some significant financial hurdles to enable us to achieve our objectives in 2013. However, it is always a great pleasure to bring the Vulcan back to her home at RAF Waddington, where I am sure she will, as ever, be afforded a very warm welcome. All of the success that has been achieved has only been made possible by the efforts of the public, who have supported XH558 so loyally and admirably. We do hope that XH558 will continue to justify the public’s support in 2013 and beyond.”
This year’s event will celebrate the RAF’s 95th Anniversary and commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the World War II Dam Buster Raids. Tickets for the Air Show have been on general sale since November 2012; early indications are that it’s going to be another sell out year. With advance tickets breaking last year’s records, this year’s Air Show looks set to be winner and without doubt a great family day out.
Tickets for the event are available from the official Air Show website: www.waddingtonairshow.co.uk . Advanced tickets are discounted and the organisers encourage advance purchase as on the day tickets may be limited if demand is at such a level where the gates may be closed based on pre show sales.
The 2013 RAF Chinook Display Team has been announced. The Team is back after an award winning 2012 season and ready to put on the best display yet. The captain for 2013 will be Flight Lieutenant Paul Farmer. This will be his second year with the Display Team. This year’s Co-Pilot is Flight Lieutenant Gareth Allen, the Display Manager Flight Lieutenant Kyle Thomas and the Rear Crew are Sergeants Andy Caldwell and Steve Jones. The season this year will be made all the more challenging due to the two over water displays. The lack of visual references for the pilots makes the manoeuvres flown far more challenging.
The RAF Chinook Display this year will be flown by crew members who have recently served in Afghanistan. Members of the team, made up of personnel from 18 and 27 Squadrons, arrived back from Op Herrick as recently as December 12.
‘We hope that the 2013 display will be viewed as the best yet, really allowing the crew to demonstrate the power and manoeuvrability of the Chinook, something that you might not expect to see from such a large aircraft’.
You can see the Team display at the following events during the 2013 season:
9 June: Cosford Air Show
6-7 July: Waddington International Air Show
13 July: Yeovilton International Air Day
20-21 July: The Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford
16-18 August: Eastbourne Air Show
24-25 August: Car-fest South for Children in Need
30 August – 1 September: Bournemouth Air Festival
The Red Arrows’ 2013 display dates and venues are listed below.
Please remember that displays by the Red Arrows are subject to weather and operational restrictions. For information on timings for displays or for details about individual events please contact the show organisers by following the the web links listed below.
The Red Arrows will publish display timings and the Team’s ground appearances on the news pages of this website as they are updated during the display season.
This information should not be used for flight planning purposes – aviatiors please check NOTAMS.
26 – Patrouille de France 60th Anniversary – Salon de Provence, France
26 – Duxford Spring Air Show – IWM Duxford
4 – Isle of Man TT Races – Ramsey, IOM
8 – Folkestone Airshow – The Leas, Folkestone
9 – Bob Jones Memorial Air Show – Welshpool
9 – RAF Cosford Air Show – RAF Cosford
14 – Volkel Luchtmachtdagen Air Show – Volkel AFB, The Netherlands
15 – Volkel Luchtmachtdagen Air Show – Volkel AFB, The Netherlands
22 – Carrickfergus Armed Forces Day – Carrickfergus, NI
22 – Grand Pier Air Show – Weston Super Mare
23 – Whitehaven Festival – Whitehaven
29 – Scarborough Armed Forces Day – South Bay, Scarborough
30 – British F1 Grand Prix – Silverstone
4 –Fourth of July Celebration – RAF Feltwell
6 – RAF Waddington International Airshow – RAF Waddington
7 – RAF Waddington International Airshow – RAF Waddington
12 – Goodwood Festival of Speed – Goodwood
13 – RNAS Yeovilton Air Day – RNAS Yeovilton
13 – Wales National Air Show – Swansea
14 – Wales National Air Show – Swansea
14 – Goodwood Festival of Speed – Goodwood
19 – Royal International Air Tattoo – RAF Fairford
20 – Royal International Air Tattoo – RAF Fairford
21 – Royal International Air Tattoo – RAF Fairford
24 – RNAS Culdrose Air Day – RNAS Culdrose
26 – Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week – Lyme Regis
26 – Sunderland International Airshow – Sunderland
27 – Sunderland International Airshow – Sunderland
27 – Anthems in the Park – RAF Cranwell
28 – Cleethorpes Festival of Flight – Cleethorpes
28 – Swanage Regatta and Carnival – Swanage
9 – Bristol International Balloon Fiesta – Ashton Court, Bristol
9 – Cowes Week – Cowes
10 – Northern Ireland Festival of Flight – Newcastle, County Down
11 – Blackpool Air Show – Blackpool
12 – Blackpool Air Show – Blackpool
14 – Minehead Summer Festival – Minehead
14 – Falmouth Week
15 – Airbourne – Eastbourne International Airshow – Eastbourne
16 – Airbourne – Eastbourne International Airshow – Eastbourne
17 – Airbourne – Eastbourne International Airshow – Eastbourne
18 – Airbourne – Eastbourne International Airshow – Eastbourne
21 – Weymouth Carnival – Weymouth
22 – Clacton Air Show – Clacton-on-Sea
22 – Fowey Royal Regatta – Fowey
23 – Clacton Air Show – Clacton-on-Sea
24 – Dawlish Air Show – Dawlish
24 – Wings and Wheels – Dunsfold
25 – Wings and Wheels – Dunsfold
25 – CarFest South – Laverstoke Park Farm
28 – Torbay Royal Regatta – Torbay
29 – Bournemouth Air Festival – Bournemouth
30 – Bournemouth Air Festival – Bournemouth
30 – Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta – Dartmouth
31 – Bournemouth Air Festival – Bournemouth
31 – Northern Ireland International Airshow – Portrush, Co Antrim
1 – Chatsworth Country Fair – Chatsworth
1 – Rhyl Air Show – Rhyl
6 – Great Ormond Street Hospital Clay Shoot – Pangbourne
7 – RAF Leuchars Airshow – RAF Leuchars
8 – Shackerstone Family Festival – Shackerstone
8 – Duxford Air Show – IWM Duxford
12 – Guernsey Air Display – St Peter Port, Guernsey
12 – Jersey International Air Display – St Aubin’s Bay, Jersey
14 – Southport Airshow – Southport
15 – Bupa Great North Run – South Shields
24 – Mallorca Air Day – Alcudia, Mallorca
26 – Monaco Yacht Show – Port Hercules, Monaco
28 – Malta International Airshow – Luqa Airport, Malta
29 – Malta International Airshow – Luqa Airport, Malta
This year’s RAF Waddington International Airshow has raised £73,000 for charity. Held on the weekend of 30 June and 1 July, record numbers passed through the gates of the Lincolnshire station to witness spectacular air and ground displays at the largest RAF airshow of the year.
‘I was delighted with the 2012 Airshow, the best we have ever had’ said Air Show Director Mr. Paul Sall. ‘The awe-inspiring flying display, which included an unprecedented six national display teams, combined with a wide variety of interactive and engaging ground exhibits to give the 125,000 visitors an exceptional day.’
Over the past eight years, the annual air show has raised £2.82 million for charity. This year the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and The Royal Air Force Association will each receive a donation of £33,150. Both charities provide financial, practical and emotional support to all members of the RAF both past and present. A donation of £6700 to the Station Charities Fund will also benefit the local community, the money being distributed to local charities through the course of the coming year.
Plans are already well under way for next years show which will be held on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July. The 2013 Show has several themes including Combat Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance which will see aircraft and personnel at RAF Waddington to the fore. The show will also mark the 95th Anniversary of the formation of the RAF and the 70th Anniversaries of both the Royal Air Forces Association and the Dambusters raid. A Waddington based flying squadron, the Sentinel R1 equipped 5 (AC) Squadron, will also mark its centenary.
‘The unrivalled success of this year’s Airshow means my team and I have our work cut out to provide something even better this year’ explained Mr Sall. ‘We are working hard to provide another world-class event and already have some surprises up our sleeve.’
Tickets for next year’s shows are already available and are selling well and available through our website. The event showcases the UK’s Defence capabilities as well as highlighting RAF Waddington’s contribution to Operations. Visitors can expect to see aircraft both old and new including favourites the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the RAF Aerobatics Team, The Red Arrows, a comprehensive static aircraft display to view, over 250 trade stands and exhibitors plus fun fair. Hands on displays will range from exploring British Army armoured vehicles to handling the latest technology available to our fighting personnel.
The 2012 Show had the most international displays ever seen at RAF Waddington and you can re-live the thrills of this year’s show on the official 2012 DVD which includes not only all the excitement of the heart stopping air display of the Republic of Korea Air Force’s aerobatic display team “The Black Eagles” but exclusive behind the scenes and in depth features about the Royal Air Force as well.