NK welcomes back Red Arrows

Date Published: 19 May 2020

The Red Arrows are to stay in Lincolnshire - their home county - and return to North Kesteven.

The aerobatic team will move to planned new headquarters at RAF Waddington, a short distance from their current home, enabling them to continue to practice their displays in the skies over Lincolnshire.

Councillor Richard Wright, Leader of North Kesteven District Council, has welcomed the news.

“I’m very pleased that the Red Arrows will be remaining in Lincolnshire," he said.

“They are a much loved and appreciated part of the long aviation history of this county and it is to the benefit of the wider county that they will continue to be a part of it.

“I am also very happy to welcome them back to North Kesteven, as they were previously based at RAF Cranwell for a period, around 20 years ago.

“Moving to RAF Waddington will ensure their continued presence in the skies over Lincoln and Lincolnshire, and as well as extending our proud association with the RAF Aerobatic Team and extending our unrivalled legacy of aviation heritage. 

"Having the Reds based in North Kesteven will bring a welcome boost to the local economy and a community feel-good factor.”

A safety assessment deemed RAF Waddington to be the best possible home for The Red Arrows, and the relocation - which was first announced in 2018 - will now move into the assessment and planning stage.

The move forms part of MoD plans to invest £4billion in its estate over the next ten years, to meet military requirements with modern and efficient facilities and infrastructure. 

The Ministry of Defence will look at options for preserving the rich history of RAF Scampton after its closure. During the Second World War, the base was home to 617 Squadron which famously took part in the Dambusters raids in 1943.

The Red Arrows