Published 11 March 2011 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Two spy planes due to have been retired at the end of March are now to be kept in service for at least another three months, the BBC has learnt. The Ministry of Defence has declined to comment on whether the decision is related to discussions on setting up a no-fly zone over Libya. The Nimrod R1s are sophisticated spy planes currently deployed in the Middle East. Crews have now been told they will continue in service until June. The two planes were due to have been officially retired at a ceremony at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire on 31 March. But crews at the base have now been told that will not happen and that the planes will continue in service until the end of June at the earliest. ‘Think again’ The Ministry of Defence will not comment on the decision beyond saying that in the current circumstances, it is assessing if it might extend the life of what defence experts say are crucial assets. The UK and France are working on a UN resolution for a no-fly zone in Libya but the US has cautioned that it… Read full this story
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