The UK Royal Air Force will fly one of its recently retired British Aerospace Nimrod MR2s to the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington on 13 April, with the maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft to be put on display as a “live” exhibit.

After making its last flight from RAF Kinloss in Scotland, aircraft XV250 “will be maintained in full ground operational capacity”, the museum says. The Nimrod will join other ex-RAF exhibits including a Handley Page Victor K2 tanker – a type which it operated alongside during the 1982 Falklands War.

One of the last MR2s to have been operated prior to the MR2’s 31 March retirement from service, XV250 was delivered in 1973, as listed in Flightglobal’s MiliCAS database.

Nimrod XV250 
© Craig Hoyle/Flightglobal

“We have been working closely with the RAF for over a year on this project, and are delighted at the confirmation,” says museum director Ian Reed. “Yorkshire Air Museum is probably the only major museum in Europe capable of operating large jets of this type and in this way,” he adds.

Several other Nimrod MR2s will to be flown to UK museums over the coming weeks, including one which will be put on show at Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire.