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Former RED Arrows airbase to become refugee detention centre

The Home Office has outlined plans for the former Royal Air Force base at Scampton to become a detention centre for thousands of refugees.

The former RAF Scampton is a historic heritage site. Many of the buildings were built in the 1930s and are listed. In 1943 it was home to Guy Gibson and his famous 617 Sqn which 80 years ago launched the Dambusters Raid from this station.

The RAF have recently vacated the site and the local council have publicly outlined plans to turn the station into a heritage and industrial centre.

According to recent reports the Conservative Government intend to turn RAF Scampton into an immigration detention centre. This would destroy local plans to create a centre for the future aviation and space industry.

Local plans include a heritage centre to honour Scampton’s proud history as the home of the ‘Dambusters’ 617 Squadron.

In 21 Oct 2022, a RED Arrows aircraft has taken off from the team’s historic home of RAF Scampton for the final time. The jet departed from the well-known Lincolnshire airbase as part of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team’s move to a new Station.

“We take off into our next chapter at RAF Waddington. Thankfully, we stay close to the city of Lincoln and remain in the region that has supported us so enthusiastically and devotedly throughout the years.” Wg Cdr Montenegro said.

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