After two years of negotiation and a couple of false starts, XV250 finally flew into Elvington on April 13th. To the delight of the crowd of around two thousand, pilot Squadron Leader Stuart “Roxy” Roxburgh, touched down briefly and then powered up for another pass over the Museum. TV, radio and film crews were on hand to witness the official handing over of the keys and the aircraft was eventually pulled onto the Museum site the following day after the RAF ground crews had removed all “Restricted” operational items. The aircraft remains in flying condition and is officially still on RAF charge, to be handed over to the Museum later this year. Regular engine turns and maintenance are carried out under RAF control and plans remain to run the Nimrod at this years big “Wings & Wheels” spectacular on the airfield on 31st july/1st August, then again on 17th October for Thunder Day, which also includes the Victor V bomber and Buccaneer strike aircraft going though their powered taxi paces. At all times, the friendly support of the Nimrod IPT Team and RAF aircrew at RAF Kinloss has been first class. They praise the Museum for its professionalism and operational capability and say they are confident in our established and increasing reputation to look after this £400,000 aircraft for the future.
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