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MR.2 XV229 - Richard Murray, Spey Bay, RAF Manston History Museum, Kent

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Nimrod MR.2 XV229 at RAF Manston History Museum, 9th March 2021; Graham Buckle

XV229 was the last RAF Nimrod MR.2 to fly, being retired to Manston/Kent International Airport on 26th May 2010. She was then moved to the DFTDC in Manston for passenger rescue training, therefore she escaped any burning and was relatively undamaged and complete with her engines.

In October 2020, with the impending closure of the fire fighting school, she was put up for sale by the DFTDC at Manston along with several other airframes on site. A tight deadline for transporting the airframes off site meant any efforts to save the complete airframe came to nothing. The resident Manston History Museum don't have the space or funds to dismantle and move the aircraft to their nearby site, but could manage the forward fuselage.

In December 2020, XV229 was purchased by Richard Murray, the airframe was scrapped with the forward fuselage being saved. Richard has loaned the cockpit to RAF Manston History Museum. and transported it to their site on 17th December.
Restoration efforts have begun to spruce her up and refit missing items. The aircrafts fin is also on loan to the museum from Richard.

Information on this page current as of 14/06/2021, last updated by Jake

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