Waddington Air Show 2011

Although there was the occasional rain cloud the weather stayed sunny and hot all weekend and visitors were treated to some awesome flying displays at Waddington this year.

It was wonderful to see and hear the Vulcan performing amazing manoeuvres, seemingly in slow motion, and rattling people’s chests with its mighty roar.  It brought the place to a standstill each day. Other spectacular sights were provided by the F16 Thunderbirds, Tornadoes, the magnificent Red Arrows and the evocative Memorial Flight of the Lancaster bomber accompanied by the Spitfire and Hurricane. There was plenty to see on the ground too, the chance to climb up to and inspect one of the Red Arrows planes, have a go in a Typhoon flight simulator or wander along the static display of dozens of aircraft from around the world.

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We were extremely busy on both days, with most people having booked a scooter or wheelchair months in advance and everyone who used our service was very grateful for it. The only downside to the weekend was a problem concerning disabled parking – with disabled and elderly people apparently being marshalled into any car park regardless of their need to be near the disabled facilities, including Fair Mobility! This caused them much pain and discomfort, and in some cases several hours’ delay in getting to us to pick up their scooters.  Such a pity that people’s days were spoiled in this way and we will be making an appeal to the organisers to provide a better parking system next year, or at least a shuttle service to bring disabled people into the show from the farthest car parks.  Delaine’s Coaches did a very good job getting our customers back to their cars at the end of the Show, and we heartily thank them for their prompt response to our calls for help.

Other than that, it was another really successful Show and a pleasure to attend with our service.  Our thanks go to the organiser Danny and his team for providing us with the necessary space and facilities. We shall be there again in 2012 and are looking forward to it already.

Ann, John, Barry and Stuart

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