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Johnny Vegas Pulls Out Of Running For RAF Marham's Gate Guardian

The actor and comedian said he has had a "huge reality check" and will not be able to give the Victor jet a new home.

Watch: Johnny Vegas said earlier this month he would 'find a way' to re-home the Victor jet.

Actor and comedian Johnny Vegas has pulled out of the running to give RAF Marham's gate guardian a new home.

The former Benidorm star previously said he would take the Cold War-era Victor jet after the Norfolk base announced it was free to go as it could not afford its repairs.

Mr Vegas described the jet as a "gorgeous tribute to engineering" and said if he was the "last man standing", he would save the plane.

However, the comedian has now said after a "huge reality check" he realised he would not be able to house the former strategic bomber.

He tweeted: "With the greatest regret after research & a huge reality check @RAF_Marham 's Handley Page Victor Aircraft needs a better home where it can be properly preserved.

"Sorry all but I couldn't even squeeze it into my front & backyard."

He finished his tweet with "#nojetforjohnny".

A spokesperson for RAF Marham said the jet would be scrapped if no-one is able to take it on after assessments revealed it is "suffering from structural weaknesses". 

Costs to repair the damage would go "well beyond" the funds currently allocated, according to the spokesperson.

The base is planning an event so people can say their goodbyes to the jet that sits at its entrance.

Victor Gate Guardian at RAF Marham
The Victor was a British jet-powered strategic bomber (Picture: RAF Marham).

The aircraft was produced by the Handley Page Aircraft Company and was the third and final V-bomber to be operated by the Royal Air Force.

People wanting to give the aircraft a new home have until the end of the month to register their interest.

The base will then look through all the applications before making a decision.

Anyone interested in having the Victor aircraft should email: [email protected].

Cover Image: Comedian and actor Johnny Vegas (Picture: PA).