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Survivor XL563

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XL563 - Privately owned, Southmoor, Oxfordshire

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Hunter T.7 XL563 at Southmoor, July 2010; David Kellen

On display for some years outside the Officer's Mess at Farnborough, in late March 1999 XL563 was dismantled and travelled to Kempston (on the edge of Bedford). XL563 was to be returned to flying trim but little has been heard about any progress since 1999 - her location since she was spotted in Kempston was unclear but she has, as reported in the comments below, finally turned up in a field near Southmoor in Oxfordshire. From the photographs I've since seen, and as you can now see above, it is evident her condition has deteriorated dramatically over the last decade or so. She's been shoved to the side of a yard (I'm told not visible from the road), half buried by foliage with her wings piled on a trailer next to her and the tail section apparently missing.

Information on this page current as of 25/08/2010

Find other photos of XL563 on the following sites:

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