Exercise Cobra Warrior
Exercise Cobra Warrior is taking place at RAF Waddington from Monday 2nd September to Friday 20th September 2019 and will include aircraft of the German Air Force, Italian Air Force & Israeli Air Force. This is set to be the largest Air Exercise that has taken place in many years at RAF Waddington, certainly since the Runway refurbishment and with the Waddington Air show being no more it is set to attract a lot of attention to a scale that the area has not seen for many years. Support aircraft are due to arrive and depart from Monday 19th August 2019 to Monday 30th September so there should also be ample opportunity to photograph Transport Aircraft.
Fighter wise it looks like we will be getting Eurofighter Typhoons from the Italian Air Force in a similar quantity to the four that operated from Waddington on Cobra Warrior 2018. Then the largest contingent is expected to be from the German Air Force also with their Eurofighter 2000’s, but unfortunately were not expecting their Tornado’s to make an appearance this year. It’s been widely reported that we will see Israeli Air Force F-15’s although probably not their latest “I” variant. For some of the Exercise these will be supported by the Israeli EL/M-2075 Phalcon which is an Airborne Early Warning & Control System based on the Boeing 707. As for Frequency of Flying a rhythm of “one day on, one day off” was observed last year. Before and after the Exercise we are also likely to see transport support in the form of C-130 variants and A400M’s in and out. As far as schedules go we’re unlikely to be able to release any flying schedules however we will constantly be monitoring social media and taking messages from helpful folks so anything I can reveal according to our Source Information Policy Rules will go on to our diary HERE. I can not stress how important it is to keep checking the diary. Its free, available to anyone, can be searched and will be the first thing we update with any rumours. Unfortunately we are not going to be able to answer the many “Do you know whats flying?” messages we get on social media.
The Waddington Aircraft Viewing Enclosure (WAVE) and Sentry Post Cafe/Snack bar at the WAVE will be open throughout. Entry will be free and reading between the lines I think the authorities will be keen for people visiting to restrict themselves to the WAVE, so if you venture outside the WAVE please only go where you know you are legally entitled to be! Also remember the Sentry Post has had a difficult few years with the Runway works, they open 7 days a week normally to provide a service to the spotting community and face increased overheads to cater for the surge of people likely to attend so they very much need your support. Overspill parking is likely to be available on the old dispersal’s South of the WAVE near the Fire & Rescue Training Facility.
The hedge running alongside the A15 has been cut down to a height that photographers should be able to photograph without the use of ladders. This also ties in with the authorities request of “Do not use ladders on or around the fence line” which is something to be mindful of.
RAF Waddington –Press Release
As the Nations assemble at RAF Waddington we thought we would share some imagery with you. German, Italian and Israeli Air Force personnel and equipment have been arriving on Station over the last few weeks prior to the start of Exercise COBRA WARRIOR next month (September). Exercise COBRA WARRIOR provides valuable training opportunities for all those participating.
Apart from the odd bit of rain, the sun has been shining so we were able to give everyone an even warmer welcome!
These brilliant images were captured by RAF Waddington Station Photographic Section and we will share more with you over the next few weeks.