Red Arrows, detachment to RAF Waddington

14 January 2009

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The world-famous Royal Air Force Acrobatics Team, The Red Arrows, is to embark on a five-day detachment to RAF Waddington from RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire, as part of a long-term planning process in preparation for the relocation of the team in 2011. The detachment will begin on Monday 19, and conclude on Friday 23, January 2009.

The Red Arrows - Exercise Western Arrow 2008

The temporary detachment to RAF Waddington will greatly assist the detailed planning for the permanent rebasing of the Red Arrows, by increasing understanding of the unique requirements and operating procedures employed by the world-famous team – ensuring better integration into RAF Waddington.

The permanent move of the Red Arrows from RAF Scampton to RAF Waddington resulted from a study which, in May 2008, concluded that the optimum basing solution was to base the Red Arrows at RAF Waddington, whilst retaining the current arrangements for the using the reserved airspace over RAF Scampton for practising displays and training. On current plans this relocation is scheduled for 2011.

During the detachment the team will perform formation take-offs from RAF Waddington as part of its usual training programme, which includes six sorties daily – each consisting of between two to seven aircraft. The team will continue to rehearse the main part of its display in the usual reserved airspace above RAF Scampton.

An informative letter providing advanced notice of the temporary detachment was sent to local farmers and equestrians in December last year and The Red Arrows welcomes feedback from local people about the temporary detachment.

Any questions or concerns can be sent to or call 01522 733007.

Says Wing Commander Jas Hawker, Officer Commanding and Team Leader, of The Red Arrows: “It is imperative that we undertake the temporary detachment to RAF Waddington to ensure that any problems relating to our unique requirements and operating procedures can be addressed well in advance of our permanent move. On behalf of the entire team, I would like to thank all local people for their continued understanding and support of The Red Arrows.”

Images: The Red Arrows in Canada and the USA from Exercise Western Arrows 2008. Photographs: RAF.

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