3-10 miles from Lincoln
Scampton Airshow 2017

  • September 9, 2017 to September 10, 2017
  • 7:00am to 7:00pm

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An exciting, two-day, family friendly airshow at RAF Scampton near Lincoln, the home of the RAF Red Arrows, with five hours of flying displays and up to 100 aircraft in attendance.

Visitors to this unique show will be given the chance to marvel at a spectacular five hour flying display, including the UK's only Catalina flying boat, and walk amongst a static display of modern fast jets and historic aircraft. The showground will feature a host of engaging and interactive activities and exhibitions designed to amaze and impress the whole family.

Inspiring youth will be at the heart of the show, with an interactive Techno Zone aimed at youngsters and an RAF Village area, offering an insight into life in the modern Royal Air Force. And kids under 16 can attend for free to make it even easier for families to enjoy.

RAF Scampton has a rich heritage as an air base: opening in 1917 it was home to many World War I and World War II aircraft, including the famous 617 Squadron, aka The Dambusters. The base is still operational, in particular as the home of the RAF Red Arrows Aerobatic Display Team.

The event will raise funds to support the RAF Charitable Trust. Full terms and conditions of the competition are on the Scampton Air Show website.

  • Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
    The BBMF will be celebrating their 60th anniversary and will be displaying the venerable Lancaster, as well as four Spitfires.
  • Belgian Air Component F-16 Solo Display
    Team pilot Tom 'Gizmo' De Moortel will be putting the ever popular  F-16 Fighting Falcon through its paces over the weekend.
  • Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sally B
    One of the best-loved warbirds on the UK airshow circuit, and a star of many films including Memphis Belle, will play a leading role in the air displays. Sally B is Europe’s sole airworthy example of this famous Second World War bomber, a familiar sight in the Lincolnshire skies during the conflict.
  • Breitling Wingwalkers
    UK based AeroSuperBatics will perform a breathtaking sequence of acrobatic manoeuvres and handstands whilst strapped to the top wings of the team's beautiful Boeing Stearman biplanes.
  • Calidus Gyrocopter
    Gyro Air Displays will be flying their gyrocopter around the skied over RAF Scampton over the weekend.
  • Catalina Flying Boat
    The Catalina was used in roles ranging from submarine hunting to search and rescue and is probably the most well known flying boat ever produced.
  • French Air Force: Alpha Jet E
    This twin-engine jet used to train fast jet crews is making its only UK performance in 2017 at Scampton, over both days.
  • Global Stars Aerobatic Team
    The colourful foursome use an innovative ‘dotty’ smoke system releasing smoke in short bursts, providing a unique looking display and will make for some great photo opportunities.
  • Historic Warbirds: P-51 Mustang & Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk
    These North American WWII fighter aircrafts' combat capabilities have earned them a fierce reputation. The beautifully painted aircraft will display on both days.
  • Norwegian Air Force Historial Squadron
    The Vampire FB.52 and T.55 will showcase the best of British aerospace from the dawn of the jet-age with close formation flying.
  • Pitts Special Muscle Biplane
    Rich Goodwin will be performing his dynamic routine in his Muscle Biplane.
  • RAF Falcons
    Widely recognised as the UK's premier military parachute display team, the Falcons, based at RAF Brize Norton, will be taking part in the displays over the weekend.
  • RAF Typhoon
    Also joining the flying display line-up will be the multi-role Typhoon FGR.4, displayed by Flt Lt Ryan Lawton, who is based at nearby RAF Coningsby.
  • Red Arrows - Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team
    The Red Arrows will be leading the flying display over the weekend and playing an important part in the airshow at their home base, RAF Scampton.
  • Skyraider
    Kennet Aviation will be displaying in their Vietnam-era ground attack aircraft.
  • Strikemaster
    The British Aircraft Corporation developed the BAC 167 Strikemaster as an armed offshoot of the highly successful Jet Provost trainer - two will be on display at Scampton.
  • Hawker Hunter Aviation (HHA)
    The the F-4F Phantom, Su-22M-4, Buccaneer S2B and the Hunter Mk.58 will be on display from HHA - aircraft which will have seen venerable Service in the UK, Swiss Air Force or the Former East German Air Force in their time.
  • Netherlands Air Force
    Two Dutch F-16 Fighting Falcons will join the static display - the NAF were one of the original customers of the F-16s in the 70s, mainly opetaing a fleet during the Cold War. Two suqadrons today operate F-16s: Volkel Leeuwarden have two each.
  • Royal Air Force
    Both the RAF's front line fighter/ground attack aircraft will be on static display; the Typhoon FGR.4 and two Tornado GR4s along with both versions of the popular Hawk that are in RAF service. A twin engine King Air and two Tucano trainers will also be joining the static display, along with the Tutor basic trainer.
  • Royal Canadian Air Force
    The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) is sending one of its CF-18 Hornet fighter jets, renewing the air arm's long relationship with Lincolnshire that dates back to the Second World War. Many of the RCAF's Fighter Command units were based in the area for periods of the war. One of them, 401 Squadron which flew Spitfires is still operating today flying the CF-18.

If you're staying in Lincoln for the show or travelling by train, make the most of the Scampton Airshow Shuttle Bus from Lincoln Central Station (opposite on St Mary's Street) to an entry point at the RAF Scampton airfield for the show.

A return ticket is only £3 when buying a combined Admission ticket with bus. Travel on the bus is subject to the production of a valid combined ticket. This e-ticket is also your bus ticket and must be shown to board the bus and return to Lincoln. 

Journey time is about 30 minutes and services run frequently (approx. every 15 minutes) during these times:

  • To the Show: 7:30am - 11:15am
  • Return to Lincoln: 4pm - 7:15pm

You can buy your tickets now on the RAF Scampton website.

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  • South Lincs Da, Camping and Caravanning Club
    This local club will be holding a meet at the Lincolnshire Showground close to the airshow over the weekend from Thursday 7th - Monday 11th September.
    Find out more information and book your place on the South Lincs DA website.
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Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th September:

  • 7am: Lincolnshire Showground car park opens
  • 8am: Airfield opens
  • 11am - 4pm: Flying displays
  • 7pm: airfield closes.

Park and view will be open on Thursday 7th - Friday 8th, and Monday 11th September from 7:30am - 5:30pm (4:30pm on Monday). 

Tickets must be pre-booked on the Scampton Airshow website or by calling 01522 396600, and are not for sale at the gate. Parking and shuttle bus are free for ticket holders.

  • Adult day ticket: £39
  • Child (under 16s) day ticket: free with adult ticket holder
  • Enclosure upgrades: £20 - £120
  • Park and View: £5 adults, children free

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