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Last flight of the Nimrod R1.. they did her proud. BEWARE A LOT OF BIG PICS

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Last flight of the Nimrod R1.. they did her proud. BEWARE A LOT OF BIG PICS

Old 12th Jul 2011, 11:52
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Last flight of the Nimrod R1.. they did her proud. BEWARE A LOT OF BIG PICS

Arrived at EGNX today, at least the Airport put on a bit of an effort to see her out in style.

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Hope they are ok and could sort out the odd one for those wanting it a bit larger, have a lot of others too

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Old 12th Jul 2011, 12:24
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Nut Loose.

We cannot have them any larger!!! They must not be more than 850x850. This is because large pics widens the page laterally and spoils reading and requires scrolling to see a pic, which is pointless. There is plenty of room at that size.


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Old 12th Jul 2011, 13:27
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But still great photos NutLoose. Almost brings tears to my eyes - or maybe it's hayfever!

Thank you
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Old 12th Jul 2011, 14:47
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Great pictures.

Here's one I snapped yesterday before the final flight. The flight line looks very empty today.

The crew did her proud on take off from Waddington too. A very nice flypast and the pull up before departure was a fitting goodbye

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What will happen to her at East Mids? Just be parked up, or are they going to open her up to the public?
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Old 12th Jul 2011, 16:25
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Was there today and got a rising of the hair on the back of my neck when she landed for the last time!!! Very sad time but was pleased to see the archway of water!! Spoke to one of the aeropark volunteers, it would appear that she is to be declassified on the maintenance side of the airport (by the looks of it the old Fields/Hunting hangar) then dragged across the airfield where the fence is being taken down to get her into place. They will probably open her up now and again like their Vulcan. All this is due in the first week or so of August.
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Old 13th Jul 2011, 00:18
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Hi all,

I'm fairly new to the forums and have been posting in Vulcan threads (as you might guess from the name). I am a member of the Aeropark Volunteers Association and can confirm that she is going to be looked after the best we can within the bounds of the Aeropark. My father was actually aircrew (AEO) on 51SQN '75 to '86 at RAF Wyton in Cambridgeshire and this Nimrod was one of his so I have a particular interest in seeing her at the Aeropark. However, slightly bizarrely, our Vulcan XM575 was on OCU at RAF Scampton and Dad was an instructor on her in the late 60s. Taking the odd even further, the Canberra we have there was also based at RAF Wyton while we were there and I used to pass it on my school bus every day. How strange that this great little static aircraft display should have three planes so closely connected to my family. The Varsity was also at Topcliffe when Dad was doing his training although ours was a Nav trainer.

If anyone is within easy travelling distance from the Aeropark (M1 to A50 then first turning off for Castle Donnington, through the village and approach the runway from behind, it's the easiest way) then I can recommend a visit to see her there when she comes across the fence. I am not just saying this as a volunteer, I used to visit regularly before I joined and it is my 5 yr old son's favourite place to go. It's very cheap to get in (don't know if I'm allowed to post prices in case it's seen as spam) and although the planes are shut for most of the year we have two or three open days a year where we open them to the public to enter the cockpits. The next one is 4th September, perfect timing for the Nimrod's arrival. There is an extra small charge to enter the cockpits and the Vulcan has a separate charge to that but it's still very cheap and it's an all day ticket. Most people bring a picnic, sit on the hill and watch the traffic at East Mids. Everyone that goes seems to leave with the firm intention of going back and many do. We'd love to see you if you can make it.
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Old 15th Jul 2011, 22:48
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Enjoy your retirement old girl.

It has happened to the rest of us.
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Old 16th Jul 2011, 01:19
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She definitely is a beautiful aircraft!
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I'm still stunned at the cuts to HM's forces your country has had to endure, and may have to face in the future.

But, thank god, at least your bankers and stokbrokers got their bail out.
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Thanks for the info VB and a nice gesture from the airport fire dept.
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Here's one I snapped yesterday before the final flight. The flight line looks very empty today.
The flightline at Waddington look very empty every day!
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