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Waddington

Major
Also known as: RAF Waddington / RFC Waddington / Wadd (nickname) / Waddington Aerodrome / Waddo (nickname)
County: Lincolnshire
Current Status: Aviation
Date: Opened November 1916
Current Use: Active
Used By: RAF / RFC / RAAF / RCAF / USAS / USAF
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved, later paved (1943)
Prominent People: John Nettleton VC
The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/08/2019):
  • Branston and Mere Parish Council
  • Harmston Parish Council
  • Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Training Centre - Waddington Training Facility/Site
  • RAF Waddington Golf Club
  • RAF Waddington Heritage Centre
  • Sentry Post Snack Bar - sited at The WAVE (Waddington Aircraft Viewing Enclosure) alongside north-east side of airfield
  • The Horse & Jockey, Waddington
  • Waddington HIVE
  • Waddington International Airshow
  • Waddington Local History Group
  • Waddington Parish Council

Notable Past Associated Organisations:

  • AV Roe & Company (Avro)

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 1 Aircraft Storage Unit

  • No 1 Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing
  • No 1 ISR Sqn
  • No 2 ISR Sqn
  • No 3 Gp Practice Flight

  • No 3 ISR Sqn
  • No V (AC) Sqn
  • No 5 RAF Police Sqn
  • No 6 BAT Flight

  • No 8 Force Protection Wing HQ
  • No 8 Sqn
  • No 9 Con Flight

  • No 9 Sqn

  • 11th Aero Sqn

  • No 12 Sqn

  • No 13 Sqn

  • No 14 Sqn
  • No 21 Sqn

  • No 23 Sqn

  • No 27 Sqn

  • No 27 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • 27th (Training) Wing

  • No 34 Expeditionary Air Wing (ISTAR)

  • No 39 Sqn
  • No 44 Con Flight

  • No 44 Sqn

  • No 44 TS

  • No 47 RS

  • No 47 TS

  • No 48 RS

  • No 48 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 48 TDS

  • No 48 TS

  • No 49 Sqn

  • No 50 Sqn

  • No 51 RS

  • No 51 Sqn
  • No 51 TS

  • No 53 Base

  • No 54 Signals Unit
  • No 54 Sqn
  • No 56 Sqn
  • No 57 Sqn

  • No 61 Sqn

  • No 75 TS

  • No 82 Sqn

  • No 83 Sqn

  • No 88 Sqn

  • No 92 Sqn
  • No 97 Sqn

  • No 100 Sqn

  • No 101 Sqn

  • No 105 Sqn
  • No 110 Sqn

  • No 117 Sqn
  • No 123 Sqn

  • 135th Aero Sqn

  • No 142 Sqn

  • No 203 Sqn

  • No 204 Sqn

  • No 207 Sqn

  • No 230 OCU

  • No 420 Con Flight

  • No 420 Sqn

  • No 463 Sqn

  • No 467 Sqn

  • No 503 Sqn

  • No 616 Sqn RAuxAF
  • No 617 Sqn

  • No 1506 BAT Flight

  • No 1661 HCU

  • No 2503 Sqn RAuxAF Regiment
  • No 2729 Sqn RAuxAF Regiment
  • No 2890 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2956 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • 3914th ABS

  • No 7006 Sqn RAuxAF
  • No 7010 Sqn RAuxAF
  • No 7630 Sqn RAuxAF
  • Air Battlespace Training Centre
  • Air Transport and Air-to-Air Refuelling Operational Evaluation Unit

  • Air Warfare Centre

  • DB-7 Flight

  • Electronic Warfare Detachment

  • Electronic Warfare Operational Support Establishment

  • Ferrying Flight

  • ISR Support Sqn
  • Lincoln Conversion Flight

  • Lincoln Reserve Holding Unit

  • Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance

  • Nimrod AEW Joint Trials Unit 

  • RAF Waddington Popular Flying Group

  • RAF Waddington Voluntary Band
  • Sentry Operational Evaluation Unit

  • Sentry Standards Unit

  • Sentry Training Sqn

  • Vulcan Display Flight

  • Waddington Flying Club

001Control Tower - 9 February 2011.png

The control tower at Waddington, 9 February 2011. © Richard Flagg

002Runway 02:20. Looking south from the runway 20 threshold - 9 February 2011.png

Runway 02:20, looking south from the runway 20 threshold, 9 February 2011. © Richard Flagg

003Quick Reaction Alert Dispersals adjacent to the Runway 20 threshold - 9 February 2011.png

Quick Reaction Alert Dispersals adjacent to the Runway 20 threshold, 9 February 2011. © Richard Flagg

004Station Headquarters - 9 February 2011.png

Station Headquarters at Waddington, 9 February 2011. © Richard Flagg

005Met Office (Building 565) - 9 February 2011.png

Met Office building at Waddington, 9 February 2011. © Richard Flagg

006Control Tower : Local Control Building (Side-by-Side Type) - 9 February 2011.png

Local Control Building (Side-by-Side Type) at Waddington, 9 February 2011. © Richard Flagg

007Control Tower : Watch Office with Met Section - 9 February 2011.png

Watch Office with Met Section at Waddington, 9 February 2011. © Richard Flagg

008Control Tower : Watch Office with Met Section - 2 July 2011.png

Watch Office with Met Section at Waddington, 2 July 2011. © Richard Flagg

009Hangar 3 : Type C Aircraft Shed - 2 July 2011.png

Hangar 3, Type C Aircraft Shed at Waddington, 2 July 2011. © Richard Flagg

010E-3 Maintenance Hangar - 2 July 2011.png

E-3 Maintenance Hangar at Waddington, 2 July 2011. © Richard Flagg

011Engine Bay - 2 July 2011.png

Engine Bay building at Waddington, 2 July 2011. © Richard Flagg

012Main Stores (Building 36) - 2 July 2011.png

Main Stores building at Waddington, 2 July 2011. © Richard Flagg

013Hangar 4 : Type C Aircraft Shed - 2 July 2011.png

Hangar 4, Type C Aircraft Shed at Waddington, 2 July 2011. © Richard Flagg

014UNITER Building - 2 July 2011.png

UNITER Building at Waddington, 2 July 2011. © Richard Flagg

Avro Vulcans at Waddington, 1957. Courtesy of British Pathé

Spreading foam and water on the runway at Waddington, 1960. Courtesy of British Pathé

Avro Vulcans at Waddington. Courtesy of British Movietone

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Plan of Waddington, 1918. Courtesy of Ed Andrews

Bomber Command Base Sub-Station(s):

BardneySkellingthorpe

Decoy Airfield(s):

Branston Fen / Gautby / Potter Hanworth

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