RAF Red Arrows - often seen in the North Lincolnshire skies - won't be axed in defence cuts says PM David Cameron
Prime Minister David Cameron has confirmed the RAF Red Arrows will not be axed during defence cuts that are to be announced.
During practice, the RAF Red Arrows, based near Lincoln, are often seen in the skies of North Lincolnshire.
There had been speculation over the future of the Red Arrows, with West Lindsey MP Edward Leigh setting up a campaign to protect their existence.
However, Downing Street has described them as 'one of Britain's most iconic brands' and has now said that as long as Mr Cameron is in Downing Street 'the Red Arrows will grace the skies of Britain'.
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Mr Cameron discussed the future of the Red Arrows during his visit to India, where he said they would help fit smoke pods to the Hawk planes used in India, so that they can spread the orange, green and white colours of the Indian flag across the sky.
A spokesman for Downing Street added: "The PM has always believed that the Red Arrows reflect everything that is great about Britain."