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Survivor XL565 (composite with WT745)

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XL565 - Geoffrey Pool (taxiable), Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, Leicestershire

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Hunter T.7 XL565 at Bruntingthorpe, 29th March 2014; author

This is XL565, which has a rather mixed personality in that it contains sections from WT745 and XL591. While it arrived at Kemble in cosmetically poor condition it was considered a possibility for restoration to airworthiness. However, in 2002 it was sold by Aeromech, moving from Kemble to Bruntingthorpe. Geoffrey acquired an engine and began the long process of restoring her to taxiable condition, finally getting her running once more in 2010. Repainted in 2008/2009, she is now a regular performer at the open days, with her cartridge start system always producing crowd-pleasing smokey starts!

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