Red Arrows

Red Arrows Trials At Future Home Base Postponed Until 2021

The RAF aerobatic team was due to temporarily operate at RAF Waddington this week ahead of a permanent move to the base.

The Red Arrows have announced the postponement of trials testing how the team operates from­­­ their future base at RAF Waddington.

On Twitter, the RAF aerobatic team said poor weather forecasts and the need to maintain other operations at Waddington, meant "there is no longer sufficient time to conduct a planned trial".

The trials are now due to take place in 2021.

In May, it was confirmed the Red Arrows would stay in their home county of Lincolnshire when RAF Scampton closes in 2022 as part of cost-cutting measures designed to save £3bn by 2040.

RAF Waddington, also in Lincolnshire, was named as the only suitable new home for the Red Arrows in an operational safety assessment.

The team was supposed to temporarily operate from RAF Waddington this week ahead of the future permanent move to the base.

Despite being based at Waddington, the Red Arrows said they would continue to practise at RAF Scampton, with the temporary move testing how they can integrate into the base.

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.

Cover image: Red Arrows fly over RAF Scampton in June (Picture: RAF/MOD).