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Survivor 'XR993' (G-BVPP, really XP534)

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XR993 - Phoenix Aviation, Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire

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Gnat T.1 XR993 at Bruntingthorpe, 28th August 2010; author

First flown on 28th March 1963, XP535 served with the CFS initially, transferring to 4 FTS in 1965 and spending time with both Schools until ending her active career with 4 FTS. Retired to ground instructional duties as 8620M at in November 1978, initially at RAF Abingdon, then onward to RAF Halton in 1979. Disposed of in 1990, she ended up owned by a consortium and maintained by Kennet Aviation. Painted up as XR993 in Red Arrows colours, she is, as usual it seems, not a genuine ex-Red Arrow airframe. After a few years on the airshow circuit she suffered a forced landing short of the runway at North Weald in September 2004 (because of a fuel supply failure) - she has not flown since and on 26th August 2010 was transported by road to Bruntingthorpe. She is being looked at for a possible return to taxiing condition.

Information on this page current as of 09/10/2010

Find other photos of XR993 on the following sites:

Air-Britain - Airliners.net - Airplane-Pictures.net - flickr.com - WorldAirPics.com - JetPhotos.net - PlanePictures.net