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Survivor XG225

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F.6A XG225 - RAF Museum Cosford (gate guardian), Shropshire

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Hunter F.6A XG225 at RAF Cosford Museum, 1st September 2012; Francis Wallace

Beginning service life as an F.6 with 92 Squadron, XG255 flew with the Blue Diamonds and in 1962 was converted to an F.6A (interim FGA.9). As 92 Squadron began accepting their new Lightnings in 1963, XG225 moved onto 229 OCU and later the TWU. In April 1980, XG225 was transferred to 237 OCU to keep Buccaneer pilots current (Buccaneers being grounded at the time because of fatigue problems). By 1981 the aircraft was retired and went to Cosford to become an instructional airframe, finally being restored and placed on display in 1988. Sadly by 2003 it was no longer considered to be representative of Cosford's remit in training people for the modern RAF and was replaced... by a replica Spitfire! Well that makes sense then. Anyway the good news is the Hunter has been moved across to the museum and is now on public view at the main entrance. This is where she has stood for many years and still stands today, welcoming guests into the RAF Museum!

Information on this page current as of 03/12/2020, last updated by Jake

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