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Phoon
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Scampton to close

Post by Phoon » Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:13 am

Reports this morning that Scampton is to close by '2022' - hardly surprising considering the state of the place and the limited units based here.

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Re: Scampton to close

Post by stealth117 » Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:10 am

I know it was looking unlikely anyway but I guess the airshow won't be coming back to scampton either then? What's the possibility of a return of the waddington show? Really used to love camping at barn farm at the harmston end of the runway at waddo from Thursday until Monday for the show, it is much missed by me and my girlfriend. Would be nice if it did return to waddo but I guess in the current climate it ain't going to happen?

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Re: Scampton to close

Post by welshandy » Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:40 am

Wonder where the "Reds" will go. Valley perhaps or will it be the excuse to do away with them?

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Re: Scampton to close

Post by Nighthawke » Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:14 am

Maybe back to Cranwell as they did in the mid-90s when Scampton closed temporarily?

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Re: Scampton to close

Post by Thunder » Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:18 am

Waddington perhaps, assuming there is space there?

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Re: Scampton to close

Post by PR9 » Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:43 am

Wittering a rumour.
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Re: Scampton to close

Post by MRTT » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:34 am

Leeming has been mentioned as well.

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Re: Scampton to close

Post by James Cutting » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:49 am

Leeming makes sense, with the Hawks already there (Valley also).

Seen a petition doing the rounds already to stop it from happening - silly really, but needs to go tbh.
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Re: Scampton to close

Post by Phoon » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:55 am

Realistically where can the Reds go?

Wittering - lots of space but busy with Tutor traffic and close to the A1 which has been mentioned in the past as a distraction to drivers on this road.
Cranwell - much less busy than it was when the Reds were based there from 2005 - 2000.
Valley - will be busier with the Texans when the training element relocates from Linton-on-Ouse
Leeming - plenty of spare and can also share the airfield and maintenance facilities with the co-located 100 sqn that operates the same type
Shrawbury - Not sure how this would interact with the rotary traffic, but plenty of space on the airfield
Waddington - When 5 sqn disband on the Sentinel in the near future a hangar and accommodation will be available, plus Waddo's circuit is hardly busy.

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Re: Scampton to close

Post by James Cutting » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:57 am

I think Leeming seems the perfect option IMHO.
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Re: Scampton to close

Post by redhead » Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:19 am

Think waddington has to be a good choice as most crew already live there

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Re: Scampton to close

Post by Davem245 » Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:40 am

By 2020 the Hawks will be 40 years old and ready for the scrap heap so they won't need a new base........

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Re: Scampton to close

Post by TeeJay » Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:45 am

Maybe if they loose the Hawks, the reds will reform using the old Tucanos, after they replaced by the Texans at Valley :ninja: :P :lol:

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Re: Scampton to close

Post by James Cutting » Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:49 am

:lol: That's a good idea TeeJay, small, quick, noisy and will look great in red :lol:
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Re: Scampton to close

Post by Davem245 » Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:01 pm

Swap a 40yr old frame for a 35 yr old frame

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Re: Scampton to close

Post by James Cutting » Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:16 pm

It makes sense if it is 5 years younger :ninja: :pop:
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Re: Scampton to close

Post by PR9 » Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:57 pm

Surprised they can't come up with a lease deal with BAE for T2s. Done plenty of marketing for them after all.
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Re: Scampton to close

Post by James Cutting » Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:01 pm

T2's won't ever replace the Reds, unfortunately
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Re: Scampton to close

Post by Davem245 » Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:10 pm

Some civvie reg extra300 is more likely ownd and maintained by tesco !!!!

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Re: Scampton to close

Post by Davem245 » Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:11 pm

or Aldi

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