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Re: Red Arrows New Base?

Post by Arthur Tee » Sat Nov 16, 2019 6:23 pm

reaper493 wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:45 pm
Drove round Scampton this morning, most of the base housing is in great condition and looks in good nick. There were various community buildings and sports areas that also look great. The only worn down/closed buildings I could see were the old billet blocks, they did look a mess.

The hangars all looked fine as well, not in as bad condition as I thought it would be.
Most of that housing is in private hands for about 20 years now.
The rough-looking ones are the ones still in use by the RAF

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Re: Red Arrows New Base?

Post by Vulcan74 » Sat Nov 16, 2019 6:34 pm

I bet they will have long memoirs of the USA Tour!!

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Re: Red Arrows New Base?

Post by roughcutter » Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:22 am

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Not sure about Tiger Moths in red. Maybe trainer yellow but then you'd need a new name.
Oh I don't know...? Anything goes in this game, seen a few strange things meself over the years. I recall the occasion when I attended an openday at Jacksonville in 2000 and watching the bizarre spectacle of a vintage biplane flying around with a jetpack strapped under it's fuselage! :lol:
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Re: Red Arrows New Base?

Post by reaper493 » Mon May 18, 2020 2:45 pm

Post on the WAVE Facebook page saying Waddington about to get busier, with an announcement tomorrow.

Rumours going round that they will announce Waddo as the new base for the Reds.

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Re: Red Arrows New Base?

Post by Supra » Mon May 18, 2020 3:05 pm

Can't see it myself! A decision like that is far too rational for the MOD Massif? :roll: :)
Great for the WAVE Business when the 'Spooks' aint too active. :whistle:
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Re: Red Arrows New Base?

Post by reaper493 » Mon May 18, 2020 3:07 pm

I thought the same, but what else could it be?

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Re: Red Arrows New Base?

Post by Dave Smith » Mon May 18, 2020 3:12 pm

I imagine the infra structure would move over to Waddington and the current airspace retained at Scampton for practising.

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Re: Red Arrows New Base?

Post by reaper493 » Mon May 18, 2020 3:20 pm

Supra wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 3:05 pm
Can't see it myself! A decision like that is far too rational for the MOD Massif? :roll: :)
Great for the WAVE Business when the 'Spooks' aint too active. :whistle:
Spooks are hardly ever active, all we've had today is two Shadow sorties, both of which are the same aircraft/ callsign.
Dave Smith wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 3:12 pm
I imagine the infra structure would move over to Waddington and the current airspace retained at Scampton for practising.
I think it's been mentioned before they plan to build on the Scampton land so the airspace wont be available for long.
I think 5nm would give Cranwell enough room for their circuit work, and Wickenby to the north is out of the potential boundary if Waddington became R313.

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Re: Red Arrows New Base?

Post by Vulcan74 » Mon May 18, 2020 3:36 pm

I heard last year it was going to be Waddington for the Reds.

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Re: Red Arrows New Base?

Post by Agent K » Mon May 18, 2020 7:40 pm

Vulcan74 wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 3:36 pm
I heard last year it was going to be Waddington for the Reds.
I heard last year it was going to be Henlow for the Reds.

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Re: Red Arrows New Base?

Post by Nighthawke » Mon May 18, 2020 8:20 pm

Aha - that explains the multi-million, 5-year turf contract!

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Post by Agent K » Mon May 18, 2020 8:32 pm

Nighthawke wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 8:20 pm
Aha - that explains the multi-million, 5-year turf contract!
:D :D :D

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Re: Red Arrows New Base?

Post by baz1 » Mon May 18, 2020 8:44 pm

I read in the rag today quote, RAF Scampton plays a vital role in protecting UK Airspace with 600, yes 600 personal on site !?

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Re: Red Arrows New Base?

Post by Fighterfoto » Mon May 18, 2020 9:09 pm

600 because it’s also home to 1 Air Control Centre.

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Post by Agent K » Mon May 18, 2020 9:25 pm

baz1 wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 8:44 pm
I read in the rag today quote, RAF Scampton plays a vital role in protecting UK Airspace with 600, yes 600 personal on site !?
Accurate reporting for a change!

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Re: Red Arrows New Base?

Post by ColintheCaterpillar » Mon May 18, 2020 10:03 pm

Waddington is a logical choice on many levels, particularly with the infrastructure required (and the retirement and removal of some of the ISTAR assets over the next few years).

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Re: Red Arrows New Base?

Post by Gus0898uk » Mon May 18, 2020 10:13 pm

The announcement will be that the ACMI excerises are re-starting............just joking. :)

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Re: Red Arrows New Base?

Post by reaper493 » Tue May 19, 2020 4:42 am

I wonder how long it will last.....

Remember when they moved to Cranwell? That didn't work...

Fire, ambulance and air traffic will still have to be there, probably shipped in from Waddington each day.

Will they still have to land to collect the video in order to be debriefed?

Will the MOD be able to sell the land to developers, how long will the knock on effect be from Covid?

I don't think this has ended yet!!

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Re: Red Arrows New Base?

Post by ColintheCaterpillar » Tue May 19, 2020 5:01 am

reaper493 wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 4:42 am
I wonder how long it will last.....

Remember when they moved to Cranwell? That didn't work...

Fire, ambulance and air traffic will still have to be there, probably shipped in from Waddington each day.

Will they still have to land to collect the video in order to be debriefed?

Will the MOD be able to sell the land to developers, how long will the knock on effect be from Covid?

I don't think this has ended yet!!
Cranwell didn’t work, and wouldn’t work as there are just too many movements, a reason that would have counted against the other “contender” airfields. Movements at Waddo can be planned far more easily, there are (dozens) fewer by home based aircraft, and the assets there are in a far better position to do routine pilot training at other airfields.

As for the video? I think technology has moved on a bit.

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