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Nimrods find new homes

key.aero reports from Yorkshire as the first Nimrod MR2 finds a new home.

14-Apr-2010


XV250 arrives at Elvington in North Yorkshire on April 13. Key - Gary Parsons

XV250 became the first Nimrod MR2 to be delivered to a museum when it made its last ever touchdown on Elvington’s runway in North Yorkshire on April 13.

Now the proud possession of the adjacent Yorkshire Air Museum & Allied Air Forces Memorial, it is intended to be a permanent tribute to the 14 British servicemen killed in Afghanistan when Nimrod MR2 XV230 crashed near Kandahar on September 2, 2006. Much of the development work for the Nimrod programme was undertaken at BAe Systems at Brough, East Yorkshire, giving the aircraft a special local connection.

Museum Director, Ian Reed, said: “It’s an iconic aircraft – we are the only museum in the country that can keep one ‘live’. We’ve been two years in the planning – we’ve got the facilities, the fire and safety compliance – we’re quite proud of the way we operate and will look after it to a high professional standard. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Royal Air Force have been magnificent.”


XV250 joins Victor K2 XL231 at the Yorkshire Air Museum, where they will both be kept in running condition. Key - Gary Parsons
A team of ex-Nimrod volunteer engineers will tend to XV250 once it has been officially handed over by the Nimrod Integrated Project Team after some systems have been removed – these are required to help sustain the RAF’s VC-10 fleet, which uses a lot of common parts. However, this won’t prevent the Elvington-based team from operating XV250 and taxiing around the airfield during the frequent ‘Thunder Days’ alongside the Victor K2 and Buccaneer S2B. It is hoped that XV250 will first stretch its ‘legs’ on October 11.


XV231 is destined for Manchester Airport's Aviation Viewing Park. Key - Gary Parsons
All Nimrod disposals, including those of the two remaining R1 aircraft at Waddington scheduled for next year, are the responsibility of the Nimrod IPT, headed by BAE Systems. Six aircraft are to be flown to museums across the UK, the other five being to Manchester Airport, Bruntingthorpe, Coventry, Cosford and possibly Carlisle, although the latter has yet to be confirmed. A spokesman for BAE Systems said that it is actually cheaper to dispose of the aircraft this way than scrapping them, due to the decontamination and health and safety requirements – but beside that, the IPT wanted to see several preserved for posterity. Paperwork for the handover of aircraft is dealt with by the MoD’s Disposal Services Authority.

RAF Kinloss will soon be devoid of Nimrods – those not flying to new homes will be scrapped, although it is hoped that the cockpit sections can be saved and donated to smaller museums.

Station Commander Group Captain Robbie Noel said: “We are clearly sorry to see the Nimrod MR2 retire – it has been involved in every major conflict in the last 40 years as well as protecting the UK’s shores and supporting those working at sea through its Search and Rescue role. Much of our work has necessarily been shrouded in secrecy, but it is with great pride, affection and confidence that we say farewell to this version of ‘The Mighty Hunter’.


XV229 may go to Carlisle, although negotiations are not yet finalised. Key - Gary Parsons
“It is essential, also, that we pay tribute to those who have lost their lives while serving with this Force; we remember them vividly, and they continue to inspire our efforts. Equally, it is important to recognise the endeavours of the great swathes of personnel who have supported the Force: the servicemen and women, their families, civil servants, our partners in industry, and, of course, our fabulous local community. Having amassed over 3,000 flying hours on this aircraft, I will certainly miss the MR2 but look forward, as we all do at Kinloss, to the arrival of MRA4 in the next few months.”

For a feature on the Nimrod MR2 see the May issue of AIR International magazine, on sale soon.


Nimrod production

C/n
Mk
Serial
Status at July 29, 2010
6476
HS801
XV147
Scrapped Warton 03/03
6477
MR1
XV148
Scrapped 10/99 ff Malmesbury
8001
MR2
XV226
Preserved Bruntingthorpe
8002
MR2
XV227
Woodford for MRA4 PA-8/ZJ521
8003
MR2
XV228
Woodford for MRA4 PA-10/ZJ523
8004
MR2
XV229
Preserved Manston
8005
MR2
XV230
Crashed Afghanistan 02/09/06
8006
MR2
XV231
Preserved Manchester
8007
MR2
XV232
Preserved Coventry
8008
MR2
XV233
Woodford for MRA4 PA-7/ZJ520
8009
MR2
XV234
Woodford for MRA4 PA-2/ZJ518
8010
MR2
XV235
wfu Kinloss
8011
MR2
XV236
Scrapped Boscombe Down 12/09
8012
MR2P
XV237
Scrapped St. Austell 5/94
8013
MR2P
XV238
Scrapped Elgin 3/94
8014
MR2
XV239
Crashed Lake Ontario Airshow 02/09/95
8015
MR2
XV240
wfu Kinloss
8016
MR2
XV241
wfu Kinloss
8017
MR2
XV242
Woodford for MRA4 PA-3/ZJ517
8018
MR2
XV243
Woodford for MRA4 PA-11/ZJ524
8019
MR2
XV244
wfu Kinloss
8020
MR2
XV245
Woodford for MRA4 PA-9/ZJ522
8021
MR2
XV246
Woodford for MRA4 PA-12/ZJ525
8022
MR2
XV247
Woodford for MRA4 PA-1/ZJ516
8023
MR2
XV248
wfu Kinloss
8024
R1
XV249
Preserved RAF Cosford (in transit)
8025
MR2
XV250
Preserved YAM Elvington
8026
MR2
XV251
Woodford for MRA4 PA-4/ZJ514
8027
MR2
XV252
wfu Kinloss
8028
MR2
XV253  
Scrapped Woodford 05/09
8029
MR2
XV254
ff preserved Inverness
8030
MR2
XV255
Preserved Norwich
8031
MR1
XV256
Crashed Kinloss 17/11/80
8032
MR2P
XV257
Damaged St Mawgan 3/6/84 scrapped Woodford 92
8033
MR2
XV258
Woodford for MRA-4 PA-5/ZJ515
8034
AEW3
XV259
Scrapped Stock 10/98 ff Carlisle Airport
8035
MR2
XV260
wfu Kinloss
8036
AEW3
XV261
Scrapped Lyneham 95
8037
AEW3
XV262
Scrapped Abingdon 6/92
8038
AEW3
XV263
8967M ff BAe Brough
8039
R1
XW664
Preserved East Midlands Aeropark
8040
R1
XW665
wfu Waddington
8041
R1
XW666
Ditched in Moray Firth 16/5/95 ff Doncaster
8042
AEW3
XZ280
Scrapped Abingdon 4/92
8043
AEW3
XZ281
Scrapped Abingdon 91
8044
AEW3
XZ282
Scrapped Elgin 3/96
8045
AEW3
XZ283
Scrapped Abingdon 91
8046
MR2
XZ284
Woodford for MRA4 PA-6/ZJ519
8047
AEW3
XZ285
Scrapped Abingdon 5/92
8048
AEW3
XZ286
Scrapped Abingdon 91
8049
AEW3
XZ287 
9140M fuselage Stafford
PA-1
MRA4
ZJ516
ex XV247 wfu Woodford
PA-2
MRA4
ZJ518
ex XV234 wfu Woodford
PA-3/13
MRA4
ZJ517
ex XV242 BAE Systems Warton
PA-4
MRA4
ZJ514
ex XV251 BAE Systems Warton
PA-5
MRA4
ZJ515
ex XV258 BAE Systems Woodford
PA-6
MRA4
ZJ519
ex XZ284 in production Woodford
PA-7
MRA4
ZJ520
ex XV233 in production Woodford
PA-8
MRA4
ZJ521
ex XV227 in production Woodford
PA-9
MRA4 
ZJ522
ex XV245 in production Woodford
PA-10
MRA4 
ZJ523
ex XV228 in production Woodford
PA-11
MRA4 
ZJ524
ex XV243 in production Woodford
PA-12
MRA4 
ZJ525
ex XV246 production halted due to excessive corrosion
PA-13
MRA4 
ZJ526
Cancelled originally allocated XV240
PA-14
MRA4 
ZJ527
Cancelled originally allocated XV229
PA-15
MRA4 
ZJ528
Cancelled originally allocated XV241
PA-16
MRA4 
ZJ529
Cancelled originally allocated XV235
PA-17
MRA4 
ZJ530
Cancelled originally allocated XV231
PA-18
MRA4 
ZJ531
Cancelled originally allocated XV255
PA-19
MRA4
ZJ532
Cancelled originally allocated XV250
PA-20
MRA4
ZJ533
Cancelled originally allocated XV252
PA-21
MRA4
ZJ534
Cancelled originally allocated XV244
wfu – withdrawn from use
ff – front fuselage only

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3 Comments

Biggles said on the 15-Apr-2010 at 11:35

I hope one is going to Duxford/Hendon/Cosford/Newark. I hope we can go inside 1 somewhere...

Richard said on the 24-May-2010 at 21:22

Biggles, City of Norwich Aviation Museum tend to be very good at allowing access to their aircraft.

Les said on the 27-May-2010 at 10:13

Hi

Any chance that BAE, Virgin airways, BA, Air Atlantique, can club together (expertise and cost) plus charity, lottery, to keep one of these flying?

Same for VC10, domine, C130K, before they disapear?

Do you have some contacts at these companies, you could put me in touch with to discuss this?

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