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RAF Scampton is a focus of pride for Lincoln; being one of the closest RAF Stations, its operations have always had a strong impact on the city and the county. The station is known most famously for 617 Sqn and the Dambusters Raids. Now the station acts as a parent organisation to 3 resident units, namely the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (RAFAT), No 1 Air Control Centre (1ACC) and the Mobile Meteorological Unit (MMU).
The most visible demonstration of their presence in Lincolnshire is that of RAFAT, or as they are more commonly known, the Red Arrows. RAF Scampton is proud to serve as the home of this world famous aerobatic team.
The key mission of 1ACC is to provide Air Command and Control in direct defence of the United Kingdom's airspace. Moreover, No 1 ACC also possesses the ability to deploy that capability, at short notice, to provide this service anywhere in the world. Welton and on into the centre of the county, Lincoln. The long running commitment to
Finally, they are also the home to the majority of the RAF MMU, a Reserve Force Unit whose role is to provide crucial meteorological (weather) services to our Armed Forces personnel when serving on deployed operations throughout the world.
RAF Scampton is also the parent station of RAF Kirton in Lindsey, which lies further north along the A15. RAF Scampton and Kirton in Lindsey have a wide area of influence from Scunthorpe in North Lincolnshire, through the local towns and villages like Kirton Lindsey, Messingham, Scampton, the local areas from both stations has been rewarded. RAF Scampton was presented with the Freedom
of the City by Lincoln in May 1993. RAF Kirton in Lindsey was also awarded with the Key to Kirton Lindsey in December 2009 on the return of No 1 ACC from their tour of duty in Afghanistan.