Red Arrows

Councillor's plea to keep Red Arrows in Lincolnshire

The leader of Lincolnshire County Council has written to the Defence Secretary asking for her help in ensuring Lincolnshire remains the home of the Red Arrows.

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Press Association

Councillor Martin Hill has written to Penny Mordaunt, the Secretary of State for Defence, asking for her support.

He says that RAF Waddington is the best of the three stations being considered as the team's new home when RAF Scampton closes, and says that as well as having strong historical ties with the county the team also encourages investment and creates jobs in sectors such as defence technology.

His plea comes a few days before local businesses, and residents travel to the House of Lords as part of a campaign to keep the aerobic team. There will be a special event with the chairman of the Historic Lincoln Trust, Lord Cormack, which is supported by Visit Lincoln.

Red Arrows cleared for takeoff ahead of new season

The Red Arrows have been given the go-ahead to begin one of their busiest ever seasons.

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Ministry of Defence

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team’s 2019 campaign will culminate in a major tour of North America and displays and flypasts across the United Kingdom and mainland Europe.

Formal approval to perform for audiences, known as Public Display Authority (PDA), was granted to the RAF Scampton-based team today.

It marks the official start of the Red Arrows’ 55th display season.

Getting to the point where we are ready to display in front of millions of people takes a huge amount of effort, over a sustained period, by every member of the Red Arrows. It is an honour to command this dedicated group of men and women, that not only showcase the RAF exceptionally well but are also proud ambassadors for a Global Britain."

Wing Commander Andrew KeithOfficer Commanding
The Virtual Red Arrows meet the real-life display team
The international team, who use a computer simulation, met their real-life counterparts.

Have your say on future of Red Arrows

People who want to see the Red Arrows stay in Lincolnshire can give their views this afternoon.

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MOD

The aerobatic team's current base at RAF Scampton is due to close in 2022.

RAF Waddington is one of three sites being considered as a new home for the Red Arrows.

The MOD has written to local authorities giving them until 12 April to have their say.

A public engagement event is being held at the Waddington Community Hub until 18.45 this evening.

Red Arrows to miss Great North Run and Sunderland Airshow

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

They've been a famously colourful highlight at two of the North East's biggest events for many years, but the Red Arrows will not be carrying out their fly-pasts at the Great North Run or Sunderland Airshow this year.

The display team are going to be on tour in the United States and Canada instead.

Organisers of the North East events both said they wished the group well and added they look forward to welcoming them back in the years ahead.

Red Arrows performing at the Sunderland Airshow
PA

Petition to save RAF Scampton needs more signatures or it will miss deadline

The Lincolnite

A petition which called for the decision to close RAF Scampton to be reversed is set to miss the deadline to be debated in Parliament.

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Tony Hisgett