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R.1 XW664 - East Midlands Aeropark, East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire

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Nimrod R.1 XW664 at East Midlands Aeropark, 28th May 2017; Craig Wise

The first of the initial trio of R.1s built for the RAF, XW664 served with 51 Squadron for her entire career. Her last use in a combat theatre was flying over Libya in support of Operations Ellamy and Unified Protector, where the Nimrod R.1's role was to fly off the Libyan coast to intercept communications and radar signals from pro-Gaddafi forces. She relieved XV249 for these Libyan operations at the end of May 2011, gaining the distinction of being the last Nimrod to be used operationally.

In common with some of the other airframes in the Nimrod fleet, she was offered up for disposal to museums and East Midlands Aeropark were successful in bidding for her, so her last flight was on 12th July 2011 from RAF Waddington to East Midlands Airport, where she was welcomed with a water cannon salute from the airport fire service and demilitarised before being towed round to the museum site on the edge of the airport.

Information on this page current as of 10/03/2021, last updated by Damien

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