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Nimrod MR2 XV250
HistoryThe Hawker Siddeley Nimrod was a maritime patrol aircraft developed and operated by the United Kingdom. It was an extensive modification of the de Havilland Comet, the world's first operational jet airliner. It was originally designed by de Havilland's successor firm, Hawker Siddeley; further development and maintenance work was undertaken by Hawker Siddeley's own successor companies, British Aerospace and BAE Systems, respectively.
Designed in response to a requirement issued by the Royal Air Force (RAF) to replace its fleet of ageing Avro Shackletons, the Nimrod MR1/MR2s were primarily fixed-wing aerial platforms for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations; secondary roles included maritime surveillance and anti-surface warfare. It served from the early 1970s until March 2010. The intended replacement was to be extensively rebuilt Nimrod MR2s, designated Nimrod MRA4; however due to considerable delays, repeated cost overruns, and financial cutbacks, the development of the MRA4 was abandoned in 2010.
In addition to the three Maritime Reconnaissance variants, two further Nimrod types were developed. The RAF operated a small number of the Nimrod R1, an electronic intelligence gathering (ELINT) variant. A dedicated airborne early warning platform, the Nimrod AEW3 was in development from late 1970s to the mid-1980s; however, much like the MRA4, considerable problems were encountered in development and thus the project was cancelled in 1986 in favour of an off-the-shelf solution in the Boeing E-3 Sentry. All Nimrod variants had been retired by mid-2011.
History adapted from Wikipedia.
Yorkshire Air MuseumThe Yorkshire Air Museum & Allied Air Forces Memorial is an air museum in England on the site of the former RAF Elvington airfield. The museum was founded, and first opened to the public, in the early 1980s.
The Yorkshire Air Museum & Allied Air Forces Memorial is the largest independent air museum in Britain and is the most original Second World War RAF Bomber Command station open to the public. It is also the only Allied Air Forces Memorial in Europe. The museum has a good international reputation and profile with established branches in Canada and France and is supported by over 4,000 registered "friends" across the world. It is a Corporate Member of Friends of the Few (Battle of Britain Memorial) and the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Shamelessly stolen from Wikipedia.
XV250Nimrod XV250 was built at Woodford as an MR.1 aircraft and first flown on 21 January 1971. It was delivered to RAF Kinloss on 18 February 1971 and was transferred to 203 Squadron at RAF Luqa, Malta on 4 February 1972. The aircraft returned to Kinloss in 1975 and was transferred to Woodford on 16 June 1982 for conversion to MR2 specification. It made its initial flight in that configuration on 10 June 1983 and was re-delivered to RAF Kinloss on 8 July 1983. Except for periods at RAF St Mawgan in the 1980s, XV250 remained based at Kinloss with deployments elsewhere until withdrawn from RAF service on 31 March 2010. The aircraft made its last flight to Elvington on 13 April 2010, where it is maintained in ground operational condition.
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