Red Ar­rows base to host in­au­gu­ral air­show

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RAF Scamp­ton in Lin­colnshire – home of the Red Ar­rows – is open­ing its gates to the pub­lic for the first time on 9-10 Septem­ber when it hosts the in­au­gu­ral Scamp­ton Air­show.

The show aims to at­tract vis­i­tors from across the East of Eng­land with the promise of a feast of fly­ing, in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional par­tic­i­pants. It will be ma­jor­ing on the re­gion’s rich avi­a­tion her­itage, with the Bat­tle of Britain Me­mo­rial Flight set to make a spe­cial 60th An­niver­sary fly­past fea­tur­ing the Lan­caster and four Spit­fires. Called the ‘Thomp­son Dis­play’, af­ter BBMF co-founder Wing Com­man­der Peter Thomp­son, this fly­past will only be per­formed at two UK air­shows this sum­mer.

Along with a num­ber of RAF op­er­a­tional air­craft such as the Typhoon and Tor­nado, the air­show will also fea­ture a Royal Cana­dian Air Force CF-18 Hor­net, thus re­new­ing the RCAF’S long re­la­tion­ship with Lin­colnshire that dates back to WWII when thou­sands of Cana­dian air­men were based in ‘Bomber County’ serv­ing within the RAF’S Bomber, Coastal and Fighter Com­mands. One bomber unit, 420 Squadron, was formed at RAF Wadding­ton near Lin­coln in De­cem­ber 1941, and flew more than 530 sor­ties in eight months be­fore trans­fer­ring to York­shire where the bulk of the RCAF bomber squadrons were based. Three land-based Cana­dian Coastal Com­mand squadrons were also lo­cated in Lin­colnshire, at RAF North Coates and RAF Strubby, and many of the RCAF’S Fighter Com­mand units were also based in the area for pe­ri­ods of the war. One, 401 Squadron which then flew Spit­fires, is still op­er­at­ing to­day fly­ing the CF-18. Or­gan­is­ers are keep­ing fin­gers’ crossed that their CF-18S will come ‘home’ to Scamp­ton.

Tak­ing cen­tre stage in the fly­ing dis­play will be the Red Ar­rows, whose home RAF Scamp­ton has been since 1983, aside from a brief spell at RAF Cran­well in the 1990s.

Spec­ta­tors can ex­pect to be treated to the trade­mark com­bi­na­tion of close for­ma­tion and pre­ci­sion fly­ing from the world’s premier aer­o­batic dis­play team as they per­form over their home turf un­der the lead­er­ship of Sqn Ldr David Mon­tene­gro. Other no­table air­craft tak­ing part in­clude a Catalina fly­ing boat, an F-16 Fight­ing Fal­con from the Royal Nether­lands Air Force, a French Air Force Al­pha Jet, a Calidus au­t­o­gyro and the Bre­itling Wing­walk­ers.

Scamp­ton Air­show tick­ets can only be pur­chased in ad­vance at scamp­ton­air­show.com They are priced at £39, with all un­der 16s able to en­joy the air­show free when ac­com­pa­nied by an adult ticket-holder.

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RAF Scamp­ton has been home to the Red Ar­rows since 1983

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