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Hawker Siddeley Nimrod - Survivor XV232

MR.2 XV232 - Nimrod Preservation Group XV232, (runner), Coventry Airport, Baginton, Warwickshire

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Nimrod MR.2 XV232 at Baginton, 30th September 2023; Jake Wallace

In 1982, XV232 set a distance record for a reconnaissance flight that has still not been beaten to this day! The aircraft covered 8,453 miles (13,609km) in 18 hours and 50 minutes while monitoring the South Atlantic for Argentine naval activity in the Falklands War. This trip was supported by in-flight refuelling.

XV232 made her final flight into Coventry Airport on 11th May 2010 from RAF Kinloss. XV232 has been well looked after by a team of dedicated volunteers ever since. The preservation group keeps the aircraft in a runnable state, and often opens up to the public so generations can experience the sound and feel of a running Nimrod. Unfortunately, she is parked on grass rather than a solid tarmac apron.

In 2021, the future of XV232 became unknown, with Coventry Airport at threat of being turned into a Gigafactory. The preservation group had been looking into the possibility of relocating the aircraft to the Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre (CAHC), in Newquay. However, CAHC was forced to close its doors in early 2023, leaving the collection to find new homes. Since the closure of CAHC, there appears to be very little talk regarding a possible relocation for XV232, and with the group's neighbours - Avro Shackleton WR963 - now moving on to pastures new, it is unsure as to what the future holds for this Nimrod.

More information on the future of XV232 can be found here.

Information on this page current as of 30/10/2023, last updated by Jake

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