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Red Arrows moving to new RAF base

Red Arrows
The Red Arrows will move to another base in the county

The Red Arrows acrobatic aerial team will move to a new RAF base in Lincolnshire in 2011.

The display team's base will move from RAF Scampton to RAF Waddington.

Lincolnshire County Council spokesman Eddie Poll said the team would still use the air space over RAF Scampton for practice flights.

RAF Waddington Station Commander Andy Fryer said he was "delighted" that the Red Arrows are bringing their "colourful aerial display" to the base.

Mr Poll said: "We are absolutely delighted that the Red Arrows will be staying as we have a very long aviation heritage in Lincolnshire that we are very proud of."

Gerry Connelly, former Air Vice Marshall and station commander at RAF Wittering, said: "We have known that they were going to move from Scampton for a long time.

"It will be good to see the red and white smoke of the Red Arrows south of the city of Lincoln - although the practising will continue over Scampton."

Defence Minister Bob Ainsworth said a Royal Air Force Study decided that moving to RAF Waddington was the most suitable option for "operational effectiveness and value for money.

"We are working closely with the trade unions to relocate all 100 service personnel and two civilian staff who support the Red Arrows to RAF Waddington by 2011," he said.

Red Arrows Wing Commander Jas Hawker said: "RAF Scampton has been our home for many years and I thank the local people for their support during our time here. We will continue to have a strong association with the area as we will still be practicing our displays there."

The Red Arrows moved to RAF Scampton in 1983, but transferred to RAF Cranwell in 1995 before returning to Scampton in 2000.

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