RAF Nimrod facelift begins

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The Royal Air Force has begun to ship the first of its British Aerospace Nimrod MR2s from Kinloss in Scotland to FR Aviation in Bournemouth, southern England, for refurbishment as part of its Replacement Maritime Patrol Aircraft programme. Three aircraft, held in storage, were stripped to the fuselage and flown in an Antonov An-124 to FR Aviation. A fourth, in storage, is being converted under Project Anneka to replace an electronic-intelligence Nimrod R1 lost in 1996.