Red Arrows to stay in Lincolnshire after base closure

The Red Arrows are to stay in its homeland – the heart of Lincolnshire.

The RAF aerial acrobatics team has been based at RAF Scampton – home to the Dambusters 617 squadron – since 1964.

The pilots have given more than 5,000 displays in 57 countries.

But the team’s long association with the county looked in jeopardy after a decision to close Scampton.

However, a new home has been found “down the road” at RAF Waddington.

Defence Minister Jeremy Quin said:

“As we saw during the recent VE Day celebrations, the Red Arrows have a proud and prominent place in British culture and have long demonstrated the best of what the UK Armed Forces offer with their world-renowned skills, discipline and teamwork.

“It is good news that we have an excellent base for them at RAF Waddington.

“I am delighted that they will be able to continue to practice their extraordinary aerobatic talents above RAF Scampton in their home county of Lincolnshire.”

Air Vice-Marshal Warren James said:

“I am delighted The Red Arrows will remain in the heart of Lincolnshire.

“The Royal Air Force remains committed to the strong links it has with the county and a considerable amount of work has been carried out to secure a suitable future home location.

“The Red Arrows are a highly skilled and professional team showcasing the very best of the British precision and leadership for industry on a global scale, and inspiring next generation interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through an air and space power lens.

“The announcement of this move will provide much needed stability for their future endeavours.”

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) plans to invest £4 billion in its estate over the next ten years, to meet military requirements with modern and efficient facilities and infrastructure.

The Red Arrows were formed in 1964 and have flown almost 5,000 displays in 57 countries. The team consists of 9 pilots who fly in their trademark diamond display in BAE Systems’ Hawk Jets, reaching maximum speeds of 645 mph.

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