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XA553 - Classic Jets (gate guard), Thunder City, Capetown Airport, South Africa

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Javelin FAW.1 XA553 at Thunder City, February 2008; Mark Ray/

XA553 stood as the gate guard at RAF Stanmore Park for many years (and Yatesbury before that) until it was auctioned off when the station was closed. Mike Beachyhead was the winning bidder, and had the aircraft dismantled and transported to his Thunder City operation in South Africa. XA553 has been repainted in his house colours - a totally fictional gloss black scheme complete with silver intake lips and red 'DANGER INTAKE' markings. She is, as you can see, now on dramatic display outside the Thunder City complex, which finally opened to the public in mid December 2001.

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Kevan Vogler from Czech Republic

Postd at 12:04pm on Thursday, November 11th, 2010

I hope they find a good home for this one now that Thunder City is no more. I hope it doesn't end up being a hard sell, being that it isn't a flyer and doesn't have the same legacy as the Lightnings and Buccaneers.

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