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Red Arrows flypast as RAF Scampton celebrated at closing ceremony 

The last official event celebrating RAF Scampton has taken place at the Lincolnshire base.

RAF Scampton, home of the famous Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team for 20 years, will close by the end of 2022 – with the Red Arrows set to move to RAF Waddington, also in Lincolnshire.

The closure ceremony saw a military parade and flypast take place, which included both the Red Arrows and a Lancaster Bomber, as well as music from the Band of the Royal Air Force College.

Red Arrows taxiing at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire ahead of Exercise Western Hawk
RAF Scampton has been home of the Red Arrows for more than 20 years (Picture: MOD).

The event marked 106 years of RAF Scampton, which has played an important role during both war and peacetime.

RAF Scampton was the home of 617 Squadron during World War Two.

The squadron became known as the 'Dambusters' after the famous raids in the Ruhr Valley in 1943, destroying German dams with bouncing bombs.

The daring mission was later turned into a film in the 1950s. 

It has not been confirmed what will happen to the base after its closure.

Last month, training started at RAF Scampton for the new pilots in the Red Arrows team.