Red Arrows aircraft parked at RAF Waddington 220221 CREDIT Red Arrows Twitter
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Red Arrows at RAF Waddington for assessments

It will test how the aerobatics team can integrate into the RAF base ahead of their relocation.

Red Arrows aircraft parked at RAF Waddington 220221 CREDIT Red Arrows Twitter

The Red Arrows are operating temporarily from RAF Waddington ahead of their permanent move there next year.

The Royal Air Force aerobatics team arrived at the Waddington base on Monday, and will operate from the site across this week and next.

The short-term move is being used to assess how the Red Arrows can be integrated into RAF Waddington.

They will continue their display training at RAF Scampton.

RAF Waddington is set to become the new home of the Red Arrows when RAF Scampton closes next year.

Trials testing how the team operates from their future base were due to take place in December, but were postponed due to poor weather forecasts and the need to maintain other operations at Waddington.

The closure of the Scampton base is part of cost-cutting measures designed to save billions of pounds by 2040.

The relocation is part of the Ministry of Defence's plan to provide £4bn of upgrades over the next 10 years.

Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston, Chief of the Air Staff, said last year that the team would be sorry to leave RAF Scampton but "delighted" to stay in Lincolnshire.

A group of campaigners is hoping to turn RAF Scampton, where the famous 'Dambusters' squadron launched raids from during the Second World War, into a heritage site after its closure.

More than 600 people continue to work at the Lincolnshire base, and a local campaign group called 'Save Scampton' hopes to preserve its history.

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