Lincolnshire

Red Arrows team will move to RAF Waddington in 2022

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Image caption The Red Arrows are a familiar site in the skies over Lincolnshire

Red Arrows fans are "over the moon" at the news the team will stay in Lincolnshire following the sale of their current home.

The team has been based at RAF Scampton since 2000, but will move to RAF Waddington in 2022, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed.

The famous Dambusters squadron flew from RAF Scampton during the Second World War.

Many mourned the base's sale because of its strong aviation tradition.

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Image caption The team has been based at RAF Scampton since 2000

However, the announcement of the move to nearby Waddington has somewhat brightened the mood, particularly as there had been talk of the team possibly going to North Yorkshire or Cambridgeshire.

Brian Cross, from North Hykeham, near Lincoln, said it was brilliant news.

"It's fantastic - every time they are out practising we get a free show," he said.

Local resident Maxine Grundy said: "They are staying where they should be."

A fan for more than 30 years, she said she had previously seen the team flying across the sky when she lived in Aylesbury and in Sheffield.

"They've always been a part of where I lived, and now I live in Lincolnshire it's even better," she added.

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Image caption The Bridge family put on their own DIY airshow during lockdown in tribute to the Red Arrows

The Bridge family, from Dorset, are such fans of the team they staged a DIY "airshow" in their back garden while in lockdown.

They said they were "over the moon" at the news, because they normally take holidays twice a year in Lincolnshire, in order to see the Reds.

Martin Hill, leader of Lincolnshire County Council, said he was glad the MoD recognised "how well-loved" the Red Arrows were by local residents and visitors.


History of the Red Arrows

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  • The RAF had several aerobatic display teams in the 1950s and 1960s, but decided to disband them and form a single, full-time professional team
  • The name Red Arrows was chosen to combine the appeal and expertise of two earlier teams, the Black Arrows and the Red Pelicans
  • The Red Arrows was originally founded in 1965 at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire but has been based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire for 20 years
  • Since its formation, the team has performed more than 4,500 displays in more than 50 countries

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