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:: RAF Waddington International Air Show 2008 (Lincoln, England, United Kingdom) ::

On my quest to see more of England that I began with the London Science Museum visit, I stayed the two weekends bordering one of my business trips. I quickly found that there would be seven air shows within two weeks. I picked the Waddington International Air Show, the Duxford Flying Legends show and the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

My plan called for renting a car for the weekend, but there were none available. I clearly started organizing the ride too late. Instead I took an early morning train ride from King's Cross St Pancreas to Lincoln (you can get the ticket desk up to the final destination, even though you have to change trains in between) to make my way towards RAF Waddington. There was a special bus service upon arriving in Lincoln that took me straight to the landing strip.

Royal Air Force Waddington is almost 100 years old. When it opened in 1916, its main mission was training. It has since been a bomber base, participated in the D-day landing preparation, a Prisoner of War repatriation station, the V-force base, refuelling base and now a base for reconnaissance and intelligence. AWACS and similar assets are stationed there these days.

During its colorful history, it has been home to many notorious birds such as Spitfire Mk 5's, Mustangs Avro Lancasters, Avro Manchesters, Avro Washington and Vulcans. The latter is what marked this particular RAF Waddington's event. The V-force was United Kingdoms strategic nuclear strike force and the Avro Vulcan was among its top stars. The planes were retired in 1984 and soon no flying Vulcan remained. By the 2008 air show the Vulcan to the Sky Trust had finally completed restoration of one bird and, to great fanfare, it undertook one of its landmark post-restoration display flights at this years Waddington.

When comparing the display flights to the two air shows I remember from my childhood, Waddington was magnificent. Like comparing an old postcard to a modern high definition movie. Patrulla Aguila, the Spanish Air Force display team, put on a great show as did the British integrated air operation team that simulated a rescue operation with the Boeing E3-D Sentry, four Tornado F3's, planes to act opposing role, helicopters and a rescue team. On the display grounds were exhibitions from Herti, Thales Watchkeeper and Predator UAVs to the most modern military and civil aircraft.

My very favorite highlight was the Spitfire-Eurofighter display flight. It very neatly contrasted old and new capabilities as well as hinted at the importance the Eurofighter Typhoon for the British air force. I did not have an opinion about the Eurofighter until now. However the sheer impressiveness of its purposefully aerodynamically unstable, but computer stabilized flight and raw power output is something to admire as an engineer.

Further information:
- My RAF Waddington International Air Show 2008 photos
- RAF Waddington International Air Show official webpage


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