The show was held annually over the first weekend of July at Royal Air Force Waddington, Lincoln, the RAF Waddington International Air Show was the largest of all RAF air shows, regularly attended by over 140,000 visitors. Since its inaugural year 1995, the Air Show had grown in size and popularity; the show offers a truly unforgettable family day out as well as providing some outstanding corporate and private hospitality packages.
The main purpose of the event was to increase public awareness and understanding of the RAF and its role today. All proceeds from the Air Show are donated to RAF and local charities each year. The spectacular 7-hour flying display features the fabulous Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the RAF Falcons freefall parachute team and many more military and civilian aircraft from the UK; it was also heavily supported by military forces from around the world. Ground displays included 2 exhibition hangars, funfair, classic cars display, pleasure flying and much more.
It was announced in September 2015 that the Waddington show would be cancelled on a perminent basis due to costs and security issues associated around the airfield. The RAF announced that it was looking at alternative venues for an airshow in the East of England and suggested that RAF Scampton might fit purpose. In the middle of 2016 RAF Scampton was announced as being the replacement venue for the Waddington Show. The first of which will take place in 2017.