Commander touches down for final time at RAF Marham

Air Commodore Dave Waddington hands command to newly promoted Air Commodore Harvey Smyth, RAF Marham's Station Commander.
Air Commodore Dave Waddington hands command to newly promoted Air Commodore Harvey Smyth, RAF Marham's Station Commander.
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The commander of RAF Marham’s Tornado Force has made his final flight.

Air Commodore Dave Waddington has touched down for the last time after completing 25 years in the Royal Air Force.
During the first Gulf War, he was shot down and taken prisoner in Iraq, but was returned to the base five weeks later after being released into Allied hands.

On his final flight with RAF Marham’s Number 31 Sqn Air Cdre Waddington said: “The final flight was as thrilling as the first, albeit a bitter sweet experience to know that I won’t be jumping into a jet again. This was a fitting way to end my time in the Royal Air Force and being part of the Tornado GR Force and ultimately the Tornado Force Commander has been the privilege of my life.”

Air Cdre Waddington has handed over command of the Tornado Force to newly-promoted Air Cdre Harvey Smyth, RAF Marham’s Station Commander. He will remain as the Station Commander until the end of July. PICTURE: SUPPLIED