Victor Gate Guardian at RAF Marham
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RAF Marham's Gate Guardian Remains Up For Grabs

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

Victor Gate Guardian at RAF Marham

RAF Marham's gate guardian is still up for grabs but time is running out if you would like to get your hands on the Victor jet.

The announcement that the Cold War-era aircraft was made earlier this month, with comedian and actor Johnny Vegas among those to express his interest, before pulling out of the running after a "reality check".

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."

The Norfolk base is offering the jet out for free as it cannot afford its repairs.

A recent assessment revealed the aircraft is “suffering from structural weaknesses” and as it stands, it faces being scrapped unless someone gives it a new home.

"The costs associated with the repairs are well beyond the financial provision allocated to gate guardian maintenance," an RAF Marham spokesperson told Forces News.

"If no-one is able to take this on as a restoration project then, unfortunately, the aircraft will need to be scrapped."

Victor Gate Guardian at RAF Marham
Anyone interested has until the end of February to register their interest (Picture: RAF Marham).

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.

The Victor, which was operated from RAF Marham, was a British jet-powered strategic bomber, produced by the Handley Page Aircraft Company.

It was the third and final V-bomber to be operated by the Royal Air Force.

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

Cover Image: The Victor jet sits at the entrance of RAF Marham (Picture: RAF Marham).