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RNZAF B757 Wows the Crowds at RAF Waddington Air Show

The RNZAF B757 climbs away steeply during the Waddington air show. Photo Ian Doyle

Ian Doyle reports from the United Kingdom

This event is one of the largest in the UK aviation calendar; the thrilling air display programme featured six aerobatic teams and some interesting, unusual and colourful exhibits on the ground. There was plenty to keep the crowd of entertained.

The Pacific nations were well represented, with a magnificent performance by a No 40 Squadron RNZAF Boeing 757. The B757 aircraft was put through its paces by its crew, demonstrating with incredible manoeuvrability. A full power-up was followed by a short take off then this impressive aircraft was flown in front of the crowd with amazing dexterity. The crowd were extremely appreciative of the Kiwi display.

The highlight of the flying display for many was the début of the Republic of Korea Black Cats aerobatic team. The ‘heavy metal’ came with a Swiss Air Force F-18, a Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon, and the German Air Force F-4 Phantom—this aircraft was making one its final appearances in the UK before retirement from the Luftwaffe.

Also on display was an RAAF Wedgtail, No.2 Squadron Williamstown NSW. it was making its first operational deployment to the UK having taken part en-route in a major Air Exercise in Alaska.

All-in-all, a magnificent weekend for the 160,000 attendees!

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