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RAF Wittering has what it takes to house Red Arrows

The Red Arrows by Mark Beecham (2886875)
The Red Arrows by Mark Beecham (2886875)

A senior officer at RAF Wittering said the base would be able to house the Red Arrows if asked to do so.

Wing Commander Nick Maxey, officer commanding operations wing at RAF Wittering, said the air force was in the process of investigating a number of options for the famed aerobatic team following an announcement that RAF Scampton would close.

The Red Arrows, officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, has been housed at RAF Scampton since 2000.

However, government announced last month that the base will close in 2022 and that the Red Arrows will relocate to a site "more fit for purpose".

Wing Commander Maxey said: "We know that RAF Scampton is closing and we know they are looking for a new home for the Red Arrows and a number of options are being looked at.

Wing Commander Nick Maxey
Wing Commander Nick Maxey

"I have no reason to think that RAF Wittering won't be looked at in the same time as all of the other stations in the air force.

"We have no more information on that but clearly time is key as a date has now been set for Scampton's closure.

"RAF Wittering could take anything in the air force inventory all the way up to the Voyager so we could house any aircraft they wanted us to," he said.

The Voyager is the RAF’s sole air-to-air refuelling (AAR) tanker and also operates as a strategic air transport.

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