The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed today that they are selling off RAF Scampton, the home of the Red Arrows.
The Red Arrows, which have been at the base for over 20 years, will be relocated to another airbase.
Downing Street has defended the move saying it will save taxpayers as much as £140m. A No 10 spokeswoman told media: “That closure is part of a plan to deliver modern and efficient military bases, which will save the taxpayer about £140 million by the end of the decade.”
Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon, Chief of the Air Staff from 1992 to 1997, told the BBC: “Scampton is a very good base. It has an extremely long runway and is situated in a part of the country which is ideal in many ways. I just hope that all of these consequences of closing Scampton are fully understood and appreciated. I’d like to know where they are going to put the Red Arrows.
“The Red Arrows have been at Scampton for some time. I remember so well in the past we moved the Red Arrows around from pillar to post and it was not a good time.”