Could RAF Marham's gate guardian have found its new home?
The Norfolk base revealed its Cold War-era Victor jet, which currently stands at the station's entrance, is being offered to a new home for free, due to the cost of keeping it.
Actor and comedian Johnny Vegas shared Forces News' story about the aircraft on Tuesday evening, stating: "I'll have it and it will be loved and well kept!"
He then tweeted RAF Marham this afternoon, saying: "I believe you have a Victor jet in need of a new home? We need to talk."
I'll have it and it will be loved and well kept!— Johnny Vegas (@JohnnyVegasReal) February 11, 2020
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Johnny Vegas told The Big Show on Forces Radio BFBS: "I want it because the notion of it potentially being scrapped fills me with dread – it would keep me awake at night.
"This plane deserves a home and if it goes to a museum, all well and good, but honestly, if there's nowhere else for it, I'll have it. I'll find a way."
When asked where he would keep the aircraft, he said he has explored creating an "alternative treehouse project" with a friend, and suggested he could put the Victor in a forest.
"I'd have to reutilise it, without taking anything away from what it is," Mr Vegas continued.
"I'll find a home for it and if I have to keep it on my roof, I will.
"It's a gorgeous tribute to engineering.
"It can't be scrapped – if somebody else pips me to it, and they decide there's a better home for it, fine.
"Honestly if I'm the last man standing, I'll save that plane and I do something with it."
The Victor is being offered by RAF Marham to a new owner for free because "the costs associated with the repairs are well beyond the financial provision allocated to gate guardian maintenance", a spokesperson for the base said.
"The difficult decision has been made to offer the Victor to anyone that may wish to remove the aircraft and take on its restoration," they added.
"If no-one is able to take this on as a restoration project then, unfortunately, the aircraft will need to be scrapped."
Recent assessments revealed the aircraft is "suffering from structural weaknesses".
The aircraft was produced by the Handley Page Aircraft Company.
An event is being planned at the base for people to say their goodbyes to the Victor jet.
Anyone interested in having the Victor aircraft should email: [email protected].