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Red Arrows relocation to RAF Waddington

Following the announcement in July 2018 that RAF Scampton would close, it was announced today that RAF Waddington has been selected as the only viable alternative basing location for the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (RAFAT) – the Red Arrows.

There will now be an assessment study to examine and cost the options before developing a business case for the eventual move.

The relocation will take place before RAF Scampton closes in late 2022.

The Red Arrows over Lincolnshire after returning from a flypast marking VE Day 75 on May 8.
The Red Arrows over Lincolnshire after returning from a flypast marking VE Day 75 on May 8. Image by SAC Hannah Smoker.

More than 30 alternative sites were assessed for their suitability and, of these, three potential future locations for RAFAT were subsequently approved.

An Operational Safety Assessment has now confirmed RAF Waddington is the only suitable alternative to RAF Scampton.

The airspace over RAF Scampton will be retained for the team’s training and display practice.

Describing the development, Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston, Chief of the Air Staff, said: “We will be sorry to leave Scampton but I am delighted the Red Arrows will remain in Lincolnshire when they move to their new base at RAF Waddington.

"The people of Lincolnshire have provided fabulous support for the Red Arrows over many years, and the team is proud to call it home.”

RAF Scampton - the base presently home to the Red Arrows.
RAF Scampton - the base presently home to the Red Arrows.

The 2018 announcement that RAF Scampton would close by the end of 2022 means that 1 Air Control Centre and the Mobile Meteorological Unit currently based there will also be relocated to other stations.

These moves are part of the Defence Estate Optimisation Portfolio to invest in, and modernise, the Defence estate to support future capability requirements.

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