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Drone from RAF Waddington used to support French airstrikes over Syria

It has been confirmed that drones controlled from Lincolnshire have been used to provide support for French airstrikes over Syria.

French President Francois Hollande authorised the action on Sunday following Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Ministry of Defence has today said that the Reaper drone - operated from RAF Waddington - was used to support French aircrews.

This is footage from an RAF Reaper strike on an ISIL vehicle on the 12th November.


Four fined for cutting perimeter fence of RAF base

Four campaigners who cut the perimeter fence at RAF Waddington and entered the grounds of the base, to protest against the use of armed drones, have been found guilty today of criminal damage.

Credit: ITV News

Christopher Cole, Gary Eagling, Katherina Karcher and Kenny Walker were arrested on 5th January 2015 wearing high visibility jackets and holding placards.

Lincoln Magistrates heard the group's actions caused a lockdown at the base for an hour. The group said they were trying to stop drones being sent from the base.

All of the accused were given a conditional discharge for two years and were ordered to pay just over £300 for court fees and to repair the damage to the fence.

Lincoln MP "extremely disappointed" at air show decision

Whilst I understand that operational activity and increased security threats have raised the risk of hosting a major public event at RAF Waddington in my Constituency, I’m naturally extremely disappointed by the decision of the Air Force Board Standing Committee who’ve decided that no further air shows will be hosted at the Station. Of course, this very sad news is tempered by the plans for a similar event to be hosted at RAF Scampton in due course. In the run up to the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, it is important to all of us in Bomber (and Fighter) County that we retain an International Air Show very close to its original home just north of Lincoln in Scampton, the home of the Red Arrows, and that the RAF intends to maintain its traditional and modern links to Lincolnshire. Maybe now the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will relocate to the same base too.

– A statement from Karl McCartney MP regarding the future of the RAF Waddington International Air Show

RAF Waddington air show axed

It has been confirmed this afternoon that there will no longer be an airshow held at RAF Waddington.

Aerial displays at RAF Waddington airshow Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The show was cancelled this year while work to replace the runway is carried out, but now the RAF says increased security concerns and operational risks mean it will be no longer be held there.

Instead, the airforce says it is looking at whether an alternative show could be held at RAF Scampton.


Latest on £35m runway replacement project

It is one of aviation's annual highlights with 150,000 visitors flocking each year to the Waddington International Airshow in Lincolnshire.

But with a new £35 million project to replace the current runway it will be at least two years before the base's next big display.

Today though, Calendar's cameras were allowed inside to see just how the work is coming on. Adam Fowler reports.

Second World War bombers on show at RAF Waddington

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