Saturday, July 23, 2011

FlyPast 2009-11

HS Nimrod MR.2 XV240 has been preserved at RAF Kinloss, Scotland, and was placed on show near crash gate No.3 within the camp on September 9. It is the first complete example of its 'breed' to be preserved. Funds to finance the gate 'guardian' have been raised through sponsorship and donations, with BAe Systems and Rolls-Royce being major backers. The money has been used to provide a secure concrete base to position the 93,000lbs (42,185kg) former sub-hunter, to weatherproof the airframe to withstand Scottish winters and to move it into position. No public funds have been used in the project. To make the move go more smoothly, a section of temporary runway material was laid on the grassed area leading up to the concrete base. This surface was planned for use as a contingency during the Falklands War and has been stored at Kinloss since the early 1980s. With the approaching onset of winter Sqn Ldr Rab Forbes from 42 (Reserve) Squadron and his committee decided to relocate XV240 to its new position near the Kinloss to Roseisle road six months earlier than expected. Sqn Ldr Forbes said "The original plan was to position the aircraft during the spring of 2010. However, to avoid waterlogged ground we have been advised to move it before the onset of winter.