Ever since the much-loved Waddington Air Show was scrapped last year, calls for a replacement show in Lincolnshire have grown louder, so aviation enthusiasts will be cheered to learn that The Minister of State for Defence, Earl Howe, and the RAF Charitable Trust (RAFCT) have announced that an agreement has been made with the Royal Air Force to organise an air show at RAF Scampton from 2017.
This is especially welcome news for Woodhall Spa, whose residents include many retired and working RAF personnel, and which has so many historic connections to those who were stationed hereabouts during world war 2.
The Petwood has its own connections too, as former home to 617 Dambusters squadron, formed at Scampton in 1943. Today, our Squadron Bar hosts a range of memorabilia and tributes to Guy Gibson VC, who carried out over 170 raids by the age of 24, Leonard Cheshire VC and their Officers. The Petwood was a scene of some jubilant celebrations with the breakthroughs made by Squadron 617, as well as tragic losses.
Why not stay with us when you book in for the first ever Scampton air show?