|Waddington International Air Show Feature|
04 July 2011
When I first arrived at the air base it was early morning and there were hardly any people about.
I had a great opportunity to have a coach trip with the other members of the press to the other side of the runway to see the planes as they prepared for a day of flying. It was amazing to see the planes so close up just before they took to the skies in front of thousands of people.
I also had the opportunity to meet Writer, Baron Barrymore Halpenny and discuss job opportnities at LincsMag.
The RAF personnel were extremely helpful and made the day run as smoothly as possible, they allowed us access to areas of the air base not available to the public and ensured that we were able to get the interviews we wanted. They were about all day to answer our questions, which was a great help in making my radio feature.
I managed to get access on to the roof of one of the functioning Air Force buildings, which was a fantastic chance to see the air show from a new perspective. I had a great view of the spread of the show and what was on offer as well as seeing the size of the crowds and having a spectacular view of the flying displays.
I also had the opportunity to see the gorgeous Sally B plane up close, just before it flew as part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
Amongst the many impressive jets were Waddington's very own AWACS jets, that regularly soar over the skies of Lincoln and surrounding villages.
I visited the 'Vulcan Village' display to find out more about the iconic Vulcan plane, I had chance to interview the pilot and find out from the charity what makes it so special. It was amazing to see so many people giving their support to the charity who fund the costs of keeping the last remaining flying Vulcan in our skies, despite its £2 million per year cost. I was impressed by the work of the charity and the generosity of the public donating their money to keep this British-built plane flying.
Details on how you can make a donation to the Vulcan to the Sky charity are on their website with more information on this incredible aircraft.
I also had the chance to interview Corporal Carl Harris of the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team on his visit to the press tent.
Tornado's are the RAF jets that I have seen in flight more often than most other planes, yet they still impressed me with their jaw-dropping display. The crowds were in awe at their incredible power as they sped through the sky, setting car alarms off in all of the Air Show's car parks. They even did a bomb-drop display, which was equally as impressive.
The US Air Force's Thunderbirds did an amazing display, closely followed by the iconic Red Arrows.
I had a great time visiting Waddington Air Show and I will definitely be returning in the future, the weather was perfect for the event and the people I met there were all extremely helpful and had some interesting stories to tell. Check out my audio page to hear my completed radio feature which I hope to play out on Siren FM in the coming weeks.