|RAF Waddington International Airshow - Lincolnshire, 2nd
Review - This was my first visit to a show at RAF Waddington and my
presence was unashamedly due to the promise of seeing the USAF Thunderbirds
display team with their six F-16 Fighting Falcons. This was to be the
second time I had seen the Thunderbirds display, the first being at RAF
Mildenhall in 1997 where the team closed the show. Then I took the
decision to put the camera down and just enjoy the spectacle so this time I
was ready to get some shots! A feature of both my views of the team
has been traffic. Back in 1997 I remember watching the Thunderbirds
and then sitting in my car and not moving for about an hour, and then taking
another two hours just to get off the airfield! This time it was the
reverse with trouble getting into Waddington. The coach I was in got
to within about 2 miles of the airfield just after 10am (when the display
started) and we finally parked at 12pm with just enough time to get the
camera out before the Thunderbirds took off!
Traffic aside, the rest of the flying more
than made up for the less than perfect start. Highlights included the
Vulcan XH558, the Belgian F-16 Fighting Falcon demo and the lively routine
by the RAF King Air which included some nice topside passes.
Photographic highlights for me where the Bronco and Norwegian Vampire duo
which displayed at the end of the show in some great light.
airshow photographs from 2011