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Waddington Air Show took me back to my RAF childhood

RAF widow Caroline Davidson recently attended the Waddington Air Show. In this guest blog she describes what the day was like.

Well, here I am with a little time on my hands to tell you all about the amazingly brilliant day I had at the RAF Waddington Air Show as guests of the RAF Benevolent Fund. My youngest daughter Annie, my middle daughter Bobby and her husband Ashley and I spent the whole day at the show enjoying a lovely breakfast in the morning, a three-course lunch and afternoon tea.

Caroline Davidson and her daughtersMost of our time was spent outside under the parasols where we had the chance to relish the display of just about every aircraft I can think of.

We saw the Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, RAF Falcons, the wing walkers but it was the Avro Vulcan that I was really looking forward to seeing.

As it sat at the end of the runway preparing itself, it was great to hear the familiar whine and whistle of its engines and smell the avgas filtering our way. Then it taxied past to the other end and took off with that roar that shakes every bit of you inside and the ground beneath you. 

I was immediately taken back to when I was a child in the quarters nearby waiting for a four-day exercise to end with the sound of the multi Vulcan scramble, knowing that my dad who served in the RAF would be back home soon and in later years my boyfriend who later became my husband.

That sound will always get me and after the air show my family quickly understood why and I think they're well on their way to loving that wonderful aircraft just as much as I do.

My three girls and their late brother are also RAF children and they are proud through and through. I have said it many times before and I have no hesitation in saying it again: "You can take the girl out of the RAF but you will never, ever, take the RAF out of the girl."

All that remains to say is thank you to the RAF Benevolent Fund for our wonderful day at the Waddington Air Show and thank you for everything you have done for us before. You've certainly made sure we have remained within the RAF family. 

By Caroline Davidson

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