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Red Arrows to move from RAF Scampton to one of three sites

Old 30th Apr 2019, 08:55
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Is this some form of pinning the tail on the donkey game?
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Old 30th Apr 2019, 09:16
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ACPs are much more rigorously treated these days. The RAFAT ACP is only at stage 1b, so it will be a while before the next stage in the consultation is reached.

MoD has yet to decide its intended basing for RAFAT; the ACP is generic at present but will become more specific once the future base for the Team has been decided.

Unfortunately most of Scampton has been allowed to rot away and many of the MQs have been flogged off. It would take a lot of money to restore the station to the state it was when I did my A2 there in 1992.
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Old 30th Apr 2019, 11:10
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Is there not a covenant the MOD will have to return the A15 back to it's original line if Scampton were to be closed. It was diverted a fair distance to accomodate the runway I believe.
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Old 30th Apr 2019, 11:44
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It's Leeming. I can guarantee it 🤫
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Old 1st May 2019, 01:46
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Interesting thread

Any modern risk assessment will rule out a location close to a major road in these times of culpability. Got a gut feeling the Reds might end up in North Wales.

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Any modern risk assessment will rule out a location close to a major road
They don't have to display over the base though (or do they?)

I'm campaigning for them to move to Brize FWIW - acres of practice area to the south, close to their spiritual home at Rissington, only a short hop to RIAT, and there must be a spare hangar for them to tuck themselves into amongst the heavies. So many wins.
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Old 1st May 2019, 23:34
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Interesting thread

Any modern risk assessment will rule out a location close to a major road in these times of culpability. Got a gut feeling the Reds might end up in North Wales.

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Hmmm

Valley too busy a pan with students plus suspect there is no infrastructure/ tooling etc to support legacy Reds T.1 As itís all T2 world up there.

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Old 2nd May 2019, 07:27
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The 3 choices have already been announced, assuming that Scampton cannot be saved...

They are Leeming, Waddington or Wittering.

To my mind, the only one which makes sense (apart from restoring Scampton) is Leeming.
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Old 2nd May 2019, 09:34
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To my mind, the only one which makes sense (apart from restoring Scampton) is Leeming.
If Leeming makes sense.....It won't be Leeming!

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Old 2nd May 2019, 11:32
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Base at Leeming and you can bring Topcliffe into play. Only 8 miles away, MOD owned, no large roads nearby, working runways, pre-position a crash truck, med cent, tower, an RLG if you like. Nah, too obvious.
 
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Meanwhile they are at Tanagra in Greece for their annual Exercise Spring Hawk. My son who is currently working in a nearby shipyard told me he was chatting with "some RAF pilots" in a bar a few days ago, but had no idea who they were. Now this morning he tells me they have been treated to a mini-display right over the yard, which is at Vathi not too far away from Tanagra. Coincidence, I am sure!
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Originally Posted by Green Flash View Post
Base at Leeming and you can bring Topcliffe into play. Only 8 miles away, MOD owned, no large roads nearby, working runways, pre-position a crash truck, med cent, tower, an RLG if you like. Nah, too obvious.
How about Leuchars? and why not in this United Kingdom! Further more the locals would welcome the return of active FJ flying with open Blue Woad painted arms.

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PS Only trouble is, the Army would make the chaps march everywhere and salute and stuff. "Sergeant" 'Yes Sah' "I want you to give these air force chaps three hours of close quarter drill, time they learnt their left from the right, blarsted RAF!" 'Yes Sah right away Sah!'

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Quite right too!
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Old 3rd May 2019, 10:55
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Originally Posted by Finningley Boy View Post
How about Leuchars? and why not in this United Kingdom! Further more the locals would welcome the return of active FJ flying with open Blue Woad painted arms.
Whilst my response as a local would be 'Yes please!' I suspect the transit distance to the majority of their display locations would rule it out.
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Whilst my response as a local would be 'Yes please!' I suspect the transit distance to the majority of their display locations would rule it out.
East Fortune, Troon, Port Rush they'd be well within reach!

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Old 3rd May 2019, 19:55
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Akrotiri?
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For those who STILL don't understand, the 3 potential basing options have already been announced; they are either Leeming, Waddington or Wittering....
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For those who STILL don't understand, the 3 potential basing options have already been announced; they are either Leeming, Waddington or Wittering....
So Tern Hill is out then?
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Old 3rd May 2019, 22:25
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It's Leeming. I can guarantee it 🤫
Indeed it is....I saw a Red Arrows logo'd Land Rover pull in there the other day!
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Small Cog - there is no flying infrastucture left at Honington, apart from a derelict control tower. All the runway lighting and ATC equipment has been ripped out and only the middle 3,000' of runway is useable. Oh, and the large ASP, which was originally built for the TSR2(!) has been built on.
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