Published: 12/01/2014 08:30 - Updated: 10/01/2014 11:49

Morayvia gets its Royal wings

A ROYAL connection to Moray’s aviation history will be preserved for the future at a ceremony in Moray on Monday.

The Nimrod bearing the Duke's name: Photo by Gordon Beattie.
The Nimrod bearing the Duke's name: Photo by Gordon Beattie.

Morayvia, Scotland’s aerospace experience, will formally name the last surviving Nimrod in Moray ‘Duke of Edinburgh’.

Prince Philip has been a supporter of local efforts to establish an aerospace visitor centre in Moray based around the Nimrod aircraft, which went out of service with the closure of RAF Kinloss in 2010.

And he has agreed to allow his name and heraldic standard to be displayed on the aircraft that Morayvia hopes will become the showpiece attraction in a future visitor centre.

The aircraft, XV244, has a long and distinguished flying career, entering service with the RAF on November 6, 1970, as the eighth Nimrod to be delivered to the base.

It will also be a proud moment for Morayvia chief executive officer, Stan Barber, a former Nimrod captain who flew on XV244.

"The aircraft has a great history, which is one of the reasons why we wanted it, and when the Duke of Edinburgh gave his support, that was another big step, given his affection for the RAF and the (Kinloss) base.

"It is great to carry the Duke’s name and standard on the tail," he said. "It is a huge honour for Moray to get that."

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