We are indeed honoured that His Grace, The Archbishop of York Dr. John Sentamu, will lead the Dedication of our Nimrod XV250 in honour and memory of Crew 3 of Nimrod XV230 during the Allied Air Forces Commemoration Day on Sunday 4th September.
The occasion marks the 5th Anniversary of the loss of XV230 on active service in Afghanistan on 2nd September 2006, with the loss of 14 service personnel, including one member of the Parachute Regiment and one Marine, with the others all RAF.
The aircraft operated with 325 Expeditionary Air Wing from RAF Kinloss, with No: 120 Squadron, No: 201 Squadron and OCU No: 42 (Reserve) Squadron and therefore flew alongside our own Nimrod XV250.
The Service will take place from 13:30pm and we are expecting attendance by ex Nimrod air and ground crew and some relatives of those lost on XV230, so it will be a poignant occasion. All visitors are welcome to attend the service as well.
After the service, the Archbishop of York will be taken aboard our Nimrod to sit in the right hand seat as the four mighty Rolls Royce Spey engines are fired up. This is always a thrilling spectacle for our visitors to see and hear.
The Dedication of XV250 brings the important memorial aspect of the Museum to a new generation of service personnel as we remember that the ultimate sacrifice continues to be made in defence of the nation.
The day will be rounded off in style with a flypast by a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.