Delivered to No.120 Squadron at RAF Kinloss in 1971 XV249 began its career with the RAF as a standard MR.1. After nearly ten years of service the aircraft underwent a major upgrade to become an MR.2 variant in 1983 undertaking its first flight in the new configuration on the 5th of December 1983. As part of the drawdown of the Nimrod fleet in the wake of the end of the Cold War the aircraft was put in to storage at Kinloss and looked set to stay there. However, in 1995 it was given a new lease of life when one of the RAF’s three Nimrod R.1 electronic intelligence aircraft crashed in to the Moray Firth. It was decided to reactivate XV249 and be rebuilt as an R.1 to replace the lost aircraft.
As an R.1 the aircraft served with No.51 Squadron until 2011 when the Nimrods were retired. The aircraft undertook the last flight by a Nimrod on July 29th 2011 when it flew from RAF Waddington to Cotswold Airport ready for dismantling before transporting to RAF Museum Cosford where it now resides on display.
For a more detailed history of the aircraft click here.
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