Former Red Arrows jet to guard Lincolnshire RAF base

A retired Red Arrows jet will act as a gate guardian at a Lincolnshire airbase.

The Hawk aircraft – well-known as the type flown by the aerobatic team – will stand adjacent to the Station Headquarters at RAF Scampton.

It will be unveiled by the airbase’s Station Commander and representatives drawn from across the base at an event on Monday, October 12.

The jet will serve as a traditional RAF tribute celebrating the past, present and future roles of an airfield.

RAF Scampton acts as a base to the No 1 Air Control Centre (1ACC) and the Mobile Meteorological Unit (MMU) in addition to the Red Arrows.

The 1ACC provides Air Command and Control in direct defence of the United Kingdom’s airspace, while the MMU is a Reserve Force Unit that delivers meteorological services to Armed Forces personnel when serving on operations throughout the world.

In the past, the airbase has also been home to crews operating Lancasters and Vulcan bombers, which secured our skies during the Second World War.