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Survivor XJ639 (composite with XF358)

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XJ639 - Blue Lagoon Diving & Leisure Centre (submerged), Womersley, Yorkshire

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Hunter F.6A XJ639 at Womersley, 2nd August 2008; Kelly & Daniel Taylor

XJ639 first flew on 18th December 1956 and was delivered to 33 MU in March 1957. She served with 2 and 4 Squadrons, 229 OCU, 1 TWU and finished her career with the Handling Squadron at RAF Cranwell. Disposed of in 1995 to Everett Aeros she ending up dismantled and in open store at their facility near Ipswich; In 1998 she was sold to the Jet Centre at North Weald who intended to use her in a restoration; however by 2001 she had been transported to Classic Jets at Exeter instead and spent more years in open storage. The aircraft did not fair well from all her time stored outside and any chance of restoring her to flight was probably put paid to by this, which is a shame as she had relatively low hours. In May 2006 she was sold - on eBay - to the Blue Lagoon Diving & Leisure Centre, transported there and put together with the tail section from XF358 before being submerged for use as a bit of diving scenery. She wasn't in the best condition prior to being submerged, with most of the cockpit interior missing, no engine, no nose cone and various other bits gone. And that, as they say, is that!

Information on this page current as of 13/10/2008

Find other photos of XJ639 on the following sites:

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