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Jet faces the scrap as no takers have come in

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It looks like an aircraft is set for the scrap due to a lack of offers to take it on for free.

The Victor Gate Guardian requires urgent work to prevent it falling apart.

RAF Marham announced in February that they were taking the “difficult decision” to offer the Victor to anyone who may wish to remove the aircraft and take on its restoration.

The Victor aircraft at RAF Marham earlier this year. Picture: SUBMITTED
The Victor aircraft at RAF Marham earlier this year. Picture: SUBMITTED

However, a statement on the RAF Marham website says: “Unfortunately no-one has come forward who has the capability to remove and restore her so the difficult decision has been made to dispose of her.

“Whilst RAF Marham will be sad to dispose of an aircraft that played an important role in the heritage of the station we are reassured that there is a Victor in the skilled and professional care of the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford and the Imperial War Museum collection at Duxford.

“We are reassured that the story of the Victor fleet and those who flew and supported it is preserved for perpetuity for the Nation and the national collection.

“Before the disposal process begins we would like to give the opportunity for a small number of people to come and see her for the last time on Saturday, October 10.”

Numbers for this visit will be restricted due to Covid-19 and there will be time slots allocated for viewings and a short visit to the Aviation Heritage Centre.

Register your interest by September 18 by emailing MRM-MCOGroup@mod.gov.uk with your name, location and affiliation to the Victor.

RAF Marham originally said they intend to display the tail of the Victor on a concrete plinth if it has to be scrapped.

This would act as a dedication to all the personnel that have used the Victor at the base.

The costs associated with the repairs are well beyond the financial provision allocated to Gate Guardian maintenance, the air base has said.

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