The National Museum of Flight at East Fortune has received the latest addition to its collections – the forward fuselage of a Hawker Siddeley MR2 Nimrod.
Gifted by the Ministry of Defence, the aircraft - registration XV241 - was withdrawn from service in 2010 after 40 years with the RAF. It was based at RAF Kinloss and was used in the second Gulf War.
Nimrod aircraft were first introduced in the 1960s, primarily in maritime reconnaissance with an anti-submarine capability, although they also had a significant role in search and rescue support.
The Nimrod’s design was based on the Comet passenger aircraft, an example of which is on display at the National Museum of Flight outside the hangar where the Nimrod will be displayed.
Alastair Dodds, principal curator of transport at National Museums Scotland said; “We’re delighted with this latest addition to our collections. The Nimrod is very significant in the development of the UK’s maritime and general surveillance defence work and demonstrates how developments in civil aviation can be modified for military use. This is a fascinating aircraft and we’re sure it will be extremely popular with our visitors.”
The Nimrod can be seen at the museum from February 19.