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Ex-RAF aircraft to join aviation museum

A pair of transport aircraft used by the RAF since 1986 are to be preserved at aviation museums for future generations to enjoy. The two BAe146 Mk2 aircraft will become the latest exhibits at the British Airliner Collection at Duxford, Cambridgeshire, and the South Wales Aviation Museum at St Athan in South Glamorgan.

RAF BAE 146. Operating from RAF Northolt by 32 (The Royal) Squadron, the BAe146 aircraft became a familiar sight in their role transporting senior government ministers, MOD personnel and occasionally members of the Royal Family. The 146's defensive aids suite enabled it to safely transport military commanders, personnel and smaller freight items in high-risk environments overseas.

The disposal of the BAe146 fleet has been managed by Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S).

In addition, the RAF's two BAe146 Mk3 aircraft which entered service in 2013 are also being taken out of service and have been bought by a civilian operator. Each of the four aircraft will be delivered to their respective owners over the coming weeks.

A decision regarding a replacement aircraft is under consideration and an announcement will be made soon.

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