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RAF Scampton to close

PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:39 am
by 34053
Heard the news this week that Scampton is to be sold 'for housing'. Currently the Base for the Red Arrows and (of course) of great historical significance, being the home of 617 Squadron ('The Dam Busters') during WW2. Scampton will close in 2022. ... e-44936234


Re: RAF Scampton to close

PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:38 pm
by Spitfire
An interesting justification ...
The government said RAF Scampton will close in 2022 with the Red Arrows relocating to a site "more fit for purpose".

What on earth does THAT mean??

When really this says it all ...
The MoD, which wants to save £3bn by 2040

Sign of the times ... money, savings ... but also profit before people, jobs, convenience, practicality ~x(

It all started IMHO whern Personnel departments became 'Americanised' as Human Resources ...
I refused to call it that in my organisation - I was NOT a resource like a pencil or a chair :ymdevil:
But that's the way the world is now I'm afraid ... people are dispensible resources at the altar of money :( :-o

Its a wonder they are not entering that meaningless sop they now use .. the 'Consultation period' ...
The 'We've made up our minds - and that's what we're doing - but we'll make you think you might have a say'

I have yet to see ANY consultation period change to the will of the people consulted ;)

Re: RAF Scampton to close

PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:25 pm
by 34053
There has been 'talk' of retaining some of the buildings/site as a Museum. (Will this, I wonder, include the grave of Wing Commander Guy Gibson's black, Labrador dog?):


Re: RAF Scampton to close

PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:41 pm
by Spitfire
34053 wrote: Wing Commander Guy Gibson's black, Labrador dog?

Oh .. you mean ... N I G G E R :)) ;)

No offense intended to dogs - other colours are available ...

Re: RAF Scampton to close

PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:45 am
by Mayfly
The hangars are Grade II listed and at least 3 of the 4 are in a bad state of repair. They were leaking 15 yrs ago. Not sure who would want them or what they would do with under those circumstances. Estimates I believe were around £750k per hangar to put them right (probably more by now), again I believe they were gutted and electrics were ripped out years ago.

There has been a museum there for years too, Guy Gibson's office as it was etc, plus exhibits and a Lancaster cockpit, but rumours had it they were moved out for the air show.

Nigger's grave is outside 2 hangar but when I worked at Scampton it was always said he was buried behind the guardroom. The International Bomber Command Centre have said they will willing move it to their site on Canwick Hill.

Re: RAF Scampton to close

PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:55 pm
by 10680
Not having been in the forces myself, I always thought they were based a lot on tradition/heritage etc. battle honours.

For the 'powers that be' to announce the closure of Scampton in the 75th anniversary year of the Dambusters' Raid, centenary of the RAF and as I discovered centenary of the airfield being named Scampton is crass to say the least.

Surely it is the most famous airfield in the country/world.

Although at the Scampton airshow I thought it looked neglected.