Record numbers at RAF Waddington Airshow

The Black Eagles
The Korean Black Eagles at RAF Waddington International Air Show Photo: ITV Yorkshire

Record numbers of visitors have attended the RAF Waddington International Air Show this year.

For the first time ever the Korean Black Eagles performed in the UK. They were amongst ninety two aircraft from eighteen different countries who've been involved over the weekend.

The spectacular seven hour flying displays have also featured the Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

This is the largest Royal Airforce airshow with more than one hundred and forty five thousand visitors and all procedes are donated to the RAF and local charities. Its aim is to increase public awareness of the role of the RAF today.

Held annually over the first weekend of July at Royal Air Force Waddington, Lincoln, the show is the largest of all RAF air shows.

The main purpose of the event is to increase public awareness and understanding of the RAF and its role today. All proceeds from the Air Show are donated to RAF and local charities.

The seven-hour flying display features the Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the RAF Falcons freefall parachute team and many more military and civilian aircraft from the UK.

Ground displays include two exhibition hangars, funfair, classic cars display, pleasure flying and much more.

Volunteers from Royal Air Force Waddington helping this weekend will have given more than 40,000 hours to stage the show.

The 2006 event raised £171,000 for charity. £73,000 was donated to the to the Royal Air Force Association and £73,000 to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

Facts and figures:

  • 1850 service members on duty
  • 2500 traffic cones used
  • 92 display aircraft
  • 4750 crowd barriers in place
  • Aircraft from 18 countries
  • £2.7m raised for charity since first show in 1995
  • 50,000 information maps printed
  • 60,000 tickets printed