Red Arrows to remain at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire
The Red Arrows will remain at RAF Scampton for the foreseeable future, it was announced today.
The MoD has revealed it intends to keep the display team and the RAF’s Air Surveillance and Control System (Asacs) at the base, north of Lincoln.
It also unveiled plans to resurface the runway at RAF Scampton.
Gainsborough MP Edward Leigh applauded the decision, saying it was the vindication of a long campaign and a credit to the hard work of people who had fought the keep Scampton open.
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He said: “The Red Arrows are a treasured part of Lincolnshire and I welcome their continued presence.
“The MoD’s investment in RAF Scampton’s runway demonstrates a welcome commitment to the future of the base. It is appropriate that the decision to keep open the historic home of 617 Squadron, the Dambusters, comes in the month which a lasting memorial will finally be opened to the brave men of bomber command, many of whom flew from bases in Lincolnshire.
“It is fantastic news that we will keep all the jobs associated not only with the Red Arrows, but also with the ASACS unit, within the local area.
I have always been clear on my desire to keep the Red Arrows flying out of the home of the Dambusters and I welcome the MoD’s vote of confidence in North Lincolnshire.”