The 2013 RAF Waddington International Air Show has had its most successful year ever raising over £375,000 for Service and local charities!
The RAF Aerobatic Team fly in formation with one of Waddington's R1 Sentinels. The Sentinel belongs to V(AC) Sqn who celebrated their 100th birthday in 2013 with a red tail.
WITH ALL proceeds raised at the The Show going to good causes the organisers are thrilled to announce that both the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) and The Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) will each benefit from a whopping £135,000 donation; the most RAF Waddington International Air Show has ever donated. Both charities provide financial, practical and emotional support to all members of the RAF both past and present. In addition the local community are also set to benefit from a £29,000 donation to the Station Charities Fund; money which is available throughout the year for disbursement to local charities. Not only that; the Air Cadets Organisation is also set to receive £29,000 and a further £50,000 has already been donated to the Lincoln Bomber Command Memorial fund.
Since the Air Shows inception in 1995 this brings the total raised for Charity to a massive £3.3 Million.
RAF Waddington International Air Show Director Mr. Paul Sall said:
“Given our ongoing operational commitments, there is a great sense of achievement for everyone at RAF Waddington. We’re immensely proud that all the hard work that goes in to putting on such a spectacular show has meant we are able to donate such a significant amount of money knowing that it will make a real difference amongst the Service and local community alike”
The Waddington Air Show is the largest RAF Air Show in the country and regularly attracts 140,000 people. On receiving the donation Commandant Air Cadets Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty said:
“The Air Cadet Organisation is delighted to accept this very generous donation from the RAF Waddington Air Show. Many hundreds of cadets and supporting adult volunteers attend the Show every year performing essential support tasks on the ground to enable the Waddington Air Show to be such an international success. We will use this donation to further promote aviation in the Air Cadet Organisation and recognise the excellence of our cadets and volunteers”
The RAF Waddington International Airshow showcases the UK’s Defence capabilities as well as highlighting RAF Waddington’s contribution to Operations. You can re-live the thrills of this years show on the official 2013 DVD which includes exclusive in depth features about the Royal Air Force.
Plans are well under way for next years show which will be held on Saturday 5th June and Sunday 6th July. Themes for 2014 are the Commemoration of the First World War, the 65th Anniversary of NATO, the 70th Anniversary of D Day and the 50th Display Season of RAFAT the Red Arrows.
Visitors can expect to see aircraft both old and new. Not only that there is a comprehensive static aircraft display to view, over 250 trade stands and exhibitors plus a fantastic fun fair. All arms of the military are present with fantastic hands on displays which will thrill any enthusiast both young and old. The 2014 RAF Waddington International Air Show stands to be another great day out for all members of the family; tickets are now on sale for the 2014 Air Show and make wonderful Christmas presents. For details and on-line bookings please visit the website at www.waddingtonairshow.co.uk
A unique formation of the Avro Lancaster leading a Tornado GR4 to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Dambusters.
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