This page was written on 16 August 2018
Since the recent MoD announcement about the proposed closure of RAF Scampton in 2022, my webstats have shown a huge increase in the number of visits to my Red Arrows pages – particularly those pages dealing with the short-lived closure, and subsequent re-opening, of RAF Scampton in the 1990s and the complete failure then to find a permanent alternative base for the Red Arrows.
My website (the one you are now reading) is my autobiography and, therefore, is not a history of the Royal Air Force or the Red Arrows. However, since I spent the last years of my 47-year-long RAF career, working as the PRO for the Red Arrows from 1989-2001, it should surprise no-one that are about 90 pages on this website (out of a total of about 420 pages) where the Red Arrows are mentioned.
To avoid disappointment, I must tell you that since I retired from my job with the Red Arrows in early 2001, I have deliberately not written anything new about the world’s finest formation aerobatic team for the simple reason that I have no inside knowledge of what will happen to the Red Arrows when Scampton finally (?) closes - for the fourth or fifth time in its long and illustious history.
These days my favourite place to read up-to-date news about Scampton and the latest 'rumours' about the Red Arrows is https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/ (opens in a new window and then use their search button). I have NO connections with that website and, therefore, cannot personally vouch for the authenticity of any of its stories.
Sadly, the two 2-star-ranking officers who privately persuaded me to take on the Red Arrows PRO job back in 1989 and endeavour to thwart those within MoD who wanted to disband the Team, are now deceased. I hope there is someone else to take on that commitment to save the world’s finest aerobatic display team.
The official Red Arrows website is here.