As the event marking the 40th Anniversary of our Nimrod XV250 winning the 1973 Fincastle Trophy approaches, we can announce that a special souvenir commemorative print of the aircraft in its ‘Fincastle’ markings will be available for just £5.
A signing voucher, enabling you to have this print signed by the 11 members of Crew 9 RAF Luqa (Malta) will also be available on the day, the proceeds going towards the upkeep of XV250.
The day will commence with a short Service in the Museum’s Chapel at 10:30am, led by Padre Brian Lucas, a Crew 9 member, in memory of all aircrew lost in Nimrod service, before we gather alongside the Nimrod at 11:30am to watch her engines power up, giving a taste of those 4 Rolls Royce Spey engines.
After lunch, at 13:30pm, the members of Crew 9 will give a presentation about the winning of the 1973 Fincastle Trophy, giving a fascinating insight into the operation of the ‘Mighty Hunter’. (The aircraft name originates from the Biblical character Nimrod, the mighty hunter.)
Following this, our Nimrod team who maintain XV250 in ‘live’ ground operational condition since her fly in on 13th April 2010 will give a fully illustrated talk about their work here at Elvington, and most are of course ex-Nimrod air and ground crew.
Despite its 40 year service with the RAF, the Nimrod was a little seen, almost unknown aircraft to many, but it was probably the most sophisticated aircraft ever to have served with the RAF.
‘Nimrod Day’ offers a unique opportunity to discover more about this superb aeroplane and its contribution to the defence of the nation.
Admission to the presentations is free to visitors paying the standard Museum admission (£8 Adult, £4 Child). Serving and ex Air Force personnel are offered the Concession admission rate of £6.