Thunder & Lightnings

Hawker Siddeley Nimrod - Survivors

MR.2 XV226
MR.2 XV226 is handed over at Bruntingthorpe, 27th April 2010; Damien Burke

The Nimrod MR.2s that were still flying at retirement have, so far, survived relatively well. A number of airframes were disposed of to preservation and flown into museum sites, which got rid of the major stumbling block of road transport costs.

Sadly the abortive AEW.3 and MRA.4 variants fared less well - with only a single AEW.3 cockpit and assorted components in preservation, and similar for the MRA.4. Every single airframe of these two cancelled projects was scrapped. eBay was awash with brand new MRA.4 seats etc. for some months after the cancellation!

The military versions of the Comet airliner, while not qualifying to be included in this list, have also fared poorly - a scattering of nose sections exist, but there are no complete ex-RAF examples actually still in RAF colours. Both Cosford and East Fortune exhibit ex-RAF Comets that have been repainted into civilian schemes. Bruntingthorpe is home to Comet 4C XS235, an ex-Royal Aircraft Establishment aircraft which regularly taxied on the runway there until 2019.

This list is, as ever, a work in progress and updates are welcome via the comments form on each entry.

Complete aircraft

SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XV249R.1RAF Museum Midlands, RAF Cosford, Shropshire24/04/2022
XW664R.1East Midlands Aeropark, Castle Donnington, Derbyshire25/09/2023
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XV226MR.2British Aviation Heritage, Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire16/05/2022
XV231MR.2Runway Visitor Park, Manchester Airport, Altrincham, Cheshire11/02/2024
XV232MR.2Nimrod Preservation Group XV232, (runner), Coventry Airport, Baginton, Warwickshire30/10/2023
XV244MR.2Morayvia, RAF Kinloss, Scotland28/06/2021
XV250MR.2Yorkshire Air Museum (runner), Elvington, North Yorkshire25/09/2023
XV255MR.2City of Norwich Aviation Museum, Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk05/12/2022

Nose/cockpit/other sections

SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
G-ALYWSimulatorLelystad, Netherlands06/04/2021
N/ASimulatorGeremy Britton & Sarah Thorpe, Exeter Airport, Exeter, Devon20/05/2023
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XV148MR.1Martin Painter, Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, Old Sarum Airfield, Wiltshire20/05/2023
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XW665R.1Technik Museum Sinsheim (stored), Sinsheim, Germany29/11/2021
XW666R.1South Yorkshire Air Museum, AeroVenture, Doncaster, South Yorkshire30/10/2023
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XV229MR.2Richard Murray, Spey Bay, RAF Manston History Museum, Kent14/06/2021
XV235MR.2Avro Heritage Museum, Woodford, Cheshire11/02/2024
XV239MR.2Morayvia (tail fin only, stored), Kinloss, Scotland11/03/2021
XV240MR.2Richard Murray, Spey Bay, Kinloss, Scotland20/05/2021
XV241MR.2National Museum of Flight, (stored), East Fortune, Lothian, Scotland19/08/2022
XV252MR.2Privately owned, Grange Crossroads area, Moray, Scotland12/08/2022
XV254MR.2South Wales Aviation Museum (stored), St Athan, Wales24/02/2023
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XV259AEW.3Privately owned, Wales area11/03/2021
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
ZH600MRA.4Privately owned, North West area11/03/2021
ZJ515 (ex XV258)MRA.4Cranfield, Bedfordshire10/03/2021