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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

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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.

Corporal eyes half marathon target

An RAF corporal is challenging himself to run 13 miles in one hour and 45 minutes to raise funds for blind military veterans.

William Moore, from Moortown in Leeds, is taking part in his first half marathon to help Blind Veterans UK.

William, 30, took up running earlier this year after moving to Leeds to work in the RAF Careers office.

He said: "I've always been into staying fit so running was an obvious choice.

"After I moved it also proved a good way to explore my new city."

William joined the RAF in 2001 and after two years of training at RAF Cosford he was stationed at RAF Lyneham, RAF Coningsby and RAF Leeming. He joined the RAF Careers office six months ago.

He said: "The opportunity came up to join the RAF Careers and this way I can share my experiences with those who are interested in joining.

"I get to give something back, not only for the RAF but also for the charities that help our veterans.

"I have the chance to raise vital funds and support others whilst at the same time highlighting how important it is to give back to our veterans."

William is running four times a week as part of his training for the Great North Run, which takes place on September 7. To sponsor William, visit www.justgiving.com/will-moore1984.

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106 squadron reunited at RAF Metheringham

Veterans of the 106 squadron, who carried out thousands of night time raids during the Second World war, will attend a reunion later at the Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre, near Lincoln, where they used to be based.

Lancaster bomber fly past at RAF Metheringham

The highlight will be a flypast by a Battle of Britain Lancaster bomber from nearby RAF Coningsby.

The veterans will also present an engraved bench to the visitors centre. The rest of the afternoon will be spent at what was known as RAF Metheringham.

106 Squadron reunited at RAF Metheringham

The squadron lost 59 Lancaster bombers by the end of the war in 1945 and in total flew 5,834 sorties with the loss of over 1,000 airmen.

One of the 106 Squadron's commanding officer went on to become the leader of the Dambusters Squadron based at RAF Scampton.

106 Squadron reunite in Lincolnshire

106 Squadron at a reunion back in 1998

Veterans of the 106 squadron, who carried out thousands of night time raids during the Second World war, will attend a reunion later at the Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre, near Lincoln, where they used to be based.

The highlight will be a flypast by a Battle of Britain Lancaster bomber from nearby Raf Coningsby.

The veterans will also present an inscripted bench to the visitors centre. The rest of the afternoon will be spent at what was known as RAF Metheringham.

Red Arrows pilot to present awards to Lincoln students

Flt. Lt. Jon Egging, in whose memory the Blue Skies charity was set up Credit: Ministry of Defence

Students from Priory Witham Academy in Lincoln will be presented with awards today to recognise their completion of the Blue Skies Programme by Red Arrows pilot, Flight Lieutenant Steve Morris.

The charity was set up in memory of Red Arrows pilot Jon Egging who lost his life in August 2011 whilst completing a display at the Bournemouth Air Festival.

The charity realises his dream of helping young people overcome adversity, identify their strengths and work towards their ambitions.

Twenty five students aged 13 to 15 from the Academy have been mentored through the nine session programme by inspirational individuals from RAF Coningsby, RAF Cranwell, RAF Scampton, RAF Wittering, RAF Waddington and MoD North Luffenham.

With the help of trained personnel from across the base, these level 1 and level 2 students have been guided through problem solving, teamwork and communication tasks, which will provide the Level 1 students with credits towards a qualification in BTEC Workskills.

York pilot stars in solo air display

A pilot from York is starring in a one man air show commemorating 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

Flight Lieutenant Dave Kirby (l) with Flight Lieutenant Jon Trueman

Dave Kirby, who lives in Poppleton with his family, recently qualified to perform displays in public.

The RAF Tucano T1 is scheduled to carry out over 60 displays at 40 different venues in the UK and overseas this summer.

New design for Tucano display aircraft

The display Tucano has received a special livery to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. The scheme features a ‘cloud’ of poppies around the nose and the words ‘Lest we Forget’. The words and a single large poppy are emblazoned on the underside.

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