RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire busier than 2010
Staff at RAF Waddington have said they were up to three times busier this year than 2010 because of their role in Libya.
Crews flying Sentinel and Sentry spy planes carried out surveillance during the operations against Col Gadaffi's forces.
Station Commander Grp Capt Chris Jones said success in overseas campaigns has helped secure the Lincolnshire base's reputation as vital to Britain's defences.
RAF Waddington spy planes could be involved in monitoring airspace during the London 2012 Olympics and at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations next year.