In a bid to refute Ministry of Defence claims that BAe Nimrod aircraft are not airworthy, the world famous Red Arrows are to display the aircraft to their full capabilities in order to restore public confidence in the flying machine.
The Nimrod, based on the DeHavilland Comet, the world's first jet airliner, has been in continuous service with the RAF since 1969. It has served in an Airborne Early Warning role and is capable of remaining in the air for long periods of time. So it has taken some 39 years to draw up the conclusion that it is not airworthy!
Squadron Leader Sidney Sedgewarbler, DFC of 203 squadron, Lossiemouth who has flown Nimrods for the last 20 years, told In seine News;
"I have never heard anything so ridiculous! I have a log book with over 20,000 hours flying time in it - most of them in the Nimbo. Now some chinless erk behind a desk in Whitehall declares it not airworthy. I shall be sad too see our aeroplanes go, but I will be enthralled to see nine large aircraft in close formation being put through their paces. It's going to be a fantastic sight and I shall be going to RAF Scampton to train the 'Reds' to fly the kites in the next few days. Not airworthy indeed!!"