Royal Air Force Nimrod delivered to RAF Museum Cosford

By Culture24 Reporter | 14 March 2012
A photo of an enormous plane being towed outside a museum by a lorry
The Nimrod R.1 XV249 arrives in Cosford© RAF Museum Cosford
A 38-metre long aircraft used for maritime plotting and signals intelligence for 40 years by the Royal Air Force has been delivered to the RAF Museum at Cosford in Shropshire.

The Nimrod R.1 XV249, one of 46 juggernauts with a wing span of 35 metres and a top speed of 416 miles per hour, had to be escorted on a low loader lorry from its former base in Kemble, Gloucestershire, where it had lived since leaving service in 2011.

The wings and other components were left behind, but experts are hoping to move them to the museum, re-assemble the plane and put it on static display later this year.

“It was amazing to see such a large aircraft transported by road to Cosford,” said museum curator Al McLean.

“The aircraft has flown more than 11,000 hours during its service with the RAF and we anticipate it being very popular with our visitors.”
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