Mo­rayvia STEPS up

Pilot - - OLD TIMERS - Re­port: James Al­lan

Lo­cated just south of the for­mer RAF Nim­rod base at Kin­loss (now Kin­loss Bar­racks), Mo­rayvia is an air­craft mu­seum with a dif­fer­ence. Staffed by mainly exser­vice per­son­nel vol­un­teers, it has a large col­lec­tion of air­craft, cock­pit sec­tions and com­po­nents on show and, be­ing a ‘Sci-tech Ex­pe­ri­ence Project’ (STEP), of­fers nu­mer­ous hands-on and in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ences.

Gate guard Antonov AN-2P ‘14’, with ‘Mo­rayvia’ writ­ten in Cyril­lic let­ter­ing on its side, sets the tone. Visi­tors can climb aboard the vin­tage Soviet bi­plane and even en­sconce them­selves in the pi­lot’s seat. Once in­side the mu­seum, they can sit in a Vick­ers Valiant’s cock­pit, study a Nim­rod’s for­ward fuse­lage sys­tems or try a Hunter’s (in­ert) ejec­tor seat for size. UK mil­i­tary search an­dre scuei swell­rep­re­sented, with mag­nif­i­cent­lyre­stored Sea King HAR3 XZ592 be­ing a star ex­hibit. The one-time No 202 Squadron ma­chine forms an SAR line-up with the mu­seum’s Wes­sex pair: HC2 XR528 and HU5 XT466 ‘Duke of York’. Com­pletely re­fur­bished and re­painted, the HU5 ap­pears as it did in 1982 when on the strength of 771 NAS at RNAS Cul­drose, bar the ad­di­tion of Falk­lands pi­lot HRH Prince An­drew’s ti­tle and in­signia.

Among the other ex­hibits are Jaguar GR3A XZ113 and Chan­nel Ex­press-marked Her­ald 214 G-ASVO’S for­ward fuse­lage which re­cently ar­rived from the High­land Avi­a­tion Mu­seum in nearby In­ver­ness.

Housed in the RAF Kin­loss mar­ried quar­ters’ pri­mary school build­ing, Mo­rayvia’s main­te­nance and re­fur­bish­ment work­shops sit along­side ex­hi­bi­tion rooms styled af­ter No 202 Sqn’s D Flight crew ar­eas at RAF Lossiemout­h. On dis­play is an ex­ten­sive assem­bly of avi­a­tion mem­o­ra­bilia and an MBA (Mi­cro Bi­plane Avi­a­tion) Tiger Cub 440 mi­cro­light. Open­ing times vary, so check­ing the web­site www.mo­rayvia.org.uk be­fore vis­it­ing is ad­vised.

Part of the SAR line-up and half of the mu­seum’s Wes­sex pair, HU5 XT466 ‘Duke of York’

Mo­rayvia's Nim­rod, Valiant and Her­ald sec­tions plus – just vis­i­ble – its Can­berra nose

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