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Air show spectators have close shave with landing jet

Spectators at the Waddington air show in Lincolnshire had a very close shave with a landing fighter jet as it came into land, passing just feet over their heads.

Crowds of people can be seen watching the Turkish F16 fighter jet approaching the runway on Saturday, before it roared low over their heads with some people falling to the floor for cover.

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Call for more drone pilots

A lifesize model of WatchKeeper (WK) and Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) at RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire. Credit: Press Association

The Chair of the Defence Select Committee is calling for more pilots of drones, which are operated from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire. The aircraft has been praised for its work in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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MPs call for debunked myths on aerial drones flown from Lincolnshire

A type of aerial drone Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

MPs say the Ministry of Defence needs to be more transparent about unmanned aerial drones to debunk myths and counter misinformation.

The remotely piloted air systems are operated from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire. Today's report says Britain's use of drones has fully complied with international law.

Millions to be spent at RAF Waddington

£35million will be spent on RAF Waddington runway Credit: Crown image

RAF Waddington is to see a £35.4 million investment in its runway - the first major upgrade at the Lincolnshire airfield since the 1960s.

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) say they intend to create a state-of-the-art infrastructure at the airfield to support the armed forces as they prepare for operations. The existing 9,000 foot runway has reached the end of its lifespan. Station Commander Group Captain Rich Barrow said:

"For RAF Waddington to continue to deliver on its mission to generate world class expeditionary surveillance and intelligence capabilities, the runway infrastructure must be modified to support our aircraft, and our highly qualified pilots and ground staff."

Alongside airfield design improvements, the work will help the base, which is the home of the ‘eyes and ears’ of the UK’s armed forces, to continue to provide vital surveillance and reconnaissance in support of military operations.

This project will use new ‘greener’ construction practices, which DIO experts identified and adopted during a major rebuild of the southern taxiway at RAF Marham in Norfolk three years ago. Some 100,000 tonnes of materials will be excavated and recycled on site.

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Hundreds expected at RAF Waddington air show

Airshows are taking place at RAF Waddington this weekend Credit: PA

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the RAF Waddington International Air Show this weekend. The purpose of the event is to increase the public's knowledge and understanding of the RAF and its role.

The spectacular 7-hour flying display features the Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and many more military and civilian aircraft from the UK and abroad. Ground displays include two exhibition hangars, funfair, classic cars display, and much more.

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