The show was cancelled this year while a £35 million rebuild of the runway is carried out, hwoever the RAF now say increased security concerns and operational risks mean it will be no longer be held there.

The first Waddington International Air Show was staged at RAF Waddington in 1995, after the event was moved down from RAF Finningley which was closed down in 1995. Since then the RAF Waddington International Air Show had developed into the largest of all Royal Air Force air shows.

The RAF have suggested that they are looking at whether an alternative show could be held at RAF Scampton after 2017.

The base is the RAF’s Intelligence Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) hub and is home to a fleet of aircraft composed of Sentry AEW1, Sentinel R1, Shadow R1, RC-135W Rivet Joint and operating base for the RAF’s MQ-9 Reaper. The station is also home to No. 34 Expeditionary Air Wing.

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Kirsten Farr

Cost cutting more like, they got rid of last Battle of Britain air show last year when leuchars closed, now the RAF doesn’t have a major airshow

UK Defence Journal

No, it’s not.

John Robinson

How can it be cost cutting when they are looking for another venue, which will more than likely be RAF Scampton……

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Scampton is a much better place for it. Let’s hope that plan comes through.

Colin McCourt

Understandable given what is based there.