On Sunday 3rd November the Yorkshire Air Museum will be marking the forthcoming 40th Anniversary of our Nimrod MR2 XV250’s triumph in the 1973 Fincastle Trophy, which was an air force challenge between the nations of the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. (At that time XV250 was still configured as a MR1 aircraft.)
The crew that took the aircraft to victory on 2nd December 1973, will be gathering at the Museum for a reunion, and during the day will provide a presentation to our interested visitors on this significant win. Our Nimrod Team, who look after XV250 keeping her in pristine condition, will also conduct a presentation about their work.
The event coincides with one of our scheduled “anti-deterioration” engine runs of the Nimrod, as part of the aircrafts regular maintenance, so the four Rolls Royce Spey engines of the Nimrod will be fired up, providing a great treat for our guests and visitors.
The Fincastle Trophy can trace its origins back to 1960, when Mr. and Mrs. Aird-Whyte presented a silver rose bowl to the RAF in memory of their son, Sergeant Nairn Fincastle Aird-Whyte, who was killed during WWII in 1943 when flying with Coastal Command. Mr and Mrs Aird-Whyte then presented a second trophy, in the form of a silver tray. Initially, the trophies were for competitions for accuracy in depth charge bombing, but they later evolved to reflect the higher level duties of more modern air forces. In so doing, it fostered relationships between the competing nations and encouraged learning and skill development and sharing. It was fiercely competed for, with national pride at stake.
It will be fantastic to have members of both the air and ground crew from Crew 9 203 Squadron 1973 here at Elvington, to mark that historic occasion and re-acquaint themselves with the aircraft that they are all so familiar with. This includes Fl. Lt. Colin Hughes, who captained the aircraft and team to victory.
The day will feature a short commemoration Service in the Museum Chapel, followed by the engine run and then, after lunch, the presentations will take place in the Museum’s conference and function room.