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Nimrod flies into Yorkshire

Nimrod flies into Yorkshire

5:46am 13th April 2010
(Updated 2:26pm 13th April 2010)

An RAF Nimrod will take-off later on a journey to become a permanent memorial.

The aircraft will leave from RAF Kinloss and will head to Yorkshire where it'll be housed at the Air Museum in Elvington. The museum will be the only one in the world to have a live example on display.

There it'll stand as a tribute to 14 British servicemen who died when their Nimrod crashed in Afghanistan in 2006. Thier craft crashed near Kandahar on 2nd September 2006.

The Nimrod was developed from the De Havilland Comet, itself a revolutionary design which was the world’s first jet airliner. Much of the development work for the Nimrod programme was undertaken at BAe Systems at Brough, East Yorkshire, giving the aircraft a special local connection.

After 30 years of service, the Nimrod fleet retired last month.

Museum Director, Ian Reed told Minster FM “We have been working closely with our colleagues in the RAF for over a year on this project and are delighted at the confirmation announced on Friday 26th March. Yorkshire Air Museum is probably the only major Museum in Europe capable of operating large jets of this type and in this way. It is also very appropriate that, as the Allied Air Forces Memorial, we are able to make a significant contribution to the memory of those servicemen in Afghanistan and Iraq who have lost their lives and those who daily risk their lives in the service of our country”.

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