Squadron Leader Ben Murphy, Officer Commanding and Team Leader of the Red Arrows, said:
"When we perform displays we are acting as ambassadors for both the Royal AirForce and the United Kingdom. We can't do this without the support of the peopleof Lincolnshire. For six months of the year we have to use the skies here toThe Red Arrows winter training programme at Scampton runs from October through to March. For safety reasons each Red Arrows' display is designed to follow the same flight path over the ground.
practice and perfect the display. Without the support of local residents it would make things very difficult."
Squadron Leader Murphy explained:
"To get to the standard needed for us to be allowed to display to the public we have to practice the same sequence of manoeuvres. We start with small formations of say four aircraft and gradually build up to nine as the winter months pass."All military aircraft are required to avoid flying directly over residential areas, hospitals, schools, animal sanctuaries and other sensitive areas, whenever operationally possible.
The Red Arrows are no exception but given the location of some of the nearby villages to RAF Scampton, such as Burton, the Carltons, Scampton, Aisthorpe, Brattleby, Cammeringham, Ingham, Hackthorn, Nettleham, Dunholme and Welton, this is not always practicable.
Squadron Leader Murphy added:
"We do make every effort to avoid residential areas where possible. The aerobatic flying that we do is subject to the very strictest of safety rules and regulations, as are all of our engineering operations. If anyone has any questions about what we do please do get in touch. We are always happy to chat through local residents concerns."For more information about the Red Arrows visit www.raf.mod.uk/reds.