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RAF Scampton Heritage Centre

Welcome to the RAF Scampton Heritage Centre

RAF Scampton has had a rich and varied history. Search the Internet and you will find no end of references to the exploits of the airmen who served here. Of course, our most famous squadron is 617 also known as the Dambusters. Post-war Scampton was an extremely important base housing one of the United Kingdoms nuclear deterrents - the Blue Steel Missile. Even today Scampton leads an interesting life as home to the RAF Aerobatic Team - The Red Arrows.

To celebrate the history of Scampton, we have created a station heritage centre. It is housed in one of the original WW2 hangers and contains over 400 artifacts (including a Blue Steel Missile) which will be of interest to all aviation enthusiasts around the world. Entry to the heritage centre is free. All that we ask is that you contact the centre prior to your visit using the contact details below as it is not permanently manned. Due to the station being fully operational, security measures means that access to the station is to be pre-arranged. A valid passport/driving license should be made available on arrival. This website will hopefully give you an insight to our rich history and tempt you to come and visit.

Contact Details:

Tel: 01522 73 83 61 (Please be aware that this telephone is not regularly manned, email is the preferred method of contact)


Copyright Notice:

We gratefully acknowledge the many websites describing the history of RAF Scampton and the Dambusters and hope that if any material found here originates from these sites, the authors will be understanding. We have endeavoured to use photographic material owned by the Heritage Centre or the RAF, however, there is often some doubt about the ownership of some old images. If you feel we have breached copyright or have not included proper acknowledgements please feel free to contact us. Additionally if you find any historical inaccuracies or omissions please contact the Webmaster.

The Pre-War Years


RAF Scampton, was one of the few airfields which started life during World War One. With war clouds gathering it was re-activated in 1936.

World War 2

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Scampton became the home of 617 Squadron in 1943, who were known as Squadron X when they were formed. We now know of them as the Dambusters.

The Cold War

Restored Vulcan

Scampton is also famous as being the home of the Avro Vulcan bomber during the Cold War period of the 1950s and 60s. Armed with the Blue Steel nuclear deterrent the Vulcan was a formidable weapon.

Present Day Scampton


Nowadays you will probably think of the Red Arrows when you think of Scampton, as the RAF Aerobatic Team (RAFAT) are currently based here. However there is a little more to Scampton than the Reds.

Photo Gallery


Our Gallery contains some recent photgraphs of RAF Scampton which may be of some interest.

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