MR.2 XV226 - British Aviation Heritage (runner), Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire
Nimrod MR.2 XV226 at Bruntingthorpe, 25th August 2019; Jake Wallace
XV226 was the first Nimrod to be built to full MR.1 standard, and first flew on 28th June 1968. However she was retained by the manufacturer for trials and didn't actually enter service with the RAF for some years, by which time she had been converted to MR.2 standard.
XV226 made her final landing at Bruntingthorpe airfield on the 27th April 2010 to join the rest of the Cold War Collection. She performed fast taxi runs at most of the Cold War Jets open days.
In 2015, the rudder on the aircraft took some damage during high winds, this caused the rudder to break in half. By 2017 the volunteers had removed the rest of the rudder and sent it off for repairs which is why in the most recent photos she has a rudder missing. So far the rudder has not been repaired, let alone returned to XV226.
In March 2020, the airfield was leased to Cox Automotive for car storage, and as they have no interest in the aircraft on site, all aviation activities had to ecase. By the end of 2020, all aircraft including XV226 were relocated to two different sites on the airfield - smaller aircraft being moved next to the QRA shed and the larger aircraft moved up by GJD's former area. Due to this situation the aircraft is unlikely to be able to get access to the runway again to stretch her legs, although the volunteers are still keen to carry out static engine runs occasionally.
Information on this page current as of 10/03/2021
Find other photos of XV226 on the following sites:
Air-Britain - Airliners.net - Airplane-Pictures.net - flickr.com - WorldAirPics.com - JetPhotos.net - PlanePictures.net