The couple who spent eight years restoring a Nimrod simulator

Restorations are hard enough, but what about rebuilding one of only two Nimrod simulators ever built? In lockdown? With your other half? Key.Aero chats to the amazing couple who did just that…


When you’re restoring something that is one of only two ever made, it’s fair to say you’ve got your work cut out.

So it was back in the summer of 2012. In the year of the London Olympics, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the start of Barack Obama’s second term in office, Sarah Thorpe and Geremy Britton were just taking delivery of a Nimrod simulator, one of only a pair that existed and were used by the RAF to train Nimrod pilots.

Saving it from effectively being thrown away, Sarah and Geremy then embarked on what would be a painstaking, eight-year project. With the restored simulator now at the Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre – and there to view once Covid restrictions are lifted – this is the story of how one ingenious couple took on a seriously ambitious historic aviation project… and won.