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Survivor XL565 (composite with WT745)

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T.7 XL565 - Geoffrey Pool (taxiable), Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, Leicestershire

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Hunter T.7 XL565 at Bruntingthorpe, 25th August 2019; Damien Burke

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 was a regular performer at the open days, with her cartridge start system always producing crowd-pleasing smokey starts! She suffered a nose gear leg collapse in 2018 but was soon back in action with a new leg, as you can see above. Now that the runway is no longer available for taxi runs, she is being moved to the new museum site on the edge of the airfield located next to the QRA shed. Unfortunately engine runs can not be carried out on the new site - however there are plans in the near future to have a ground running area for the aircraft. In the mean time the volunteers at Bruntingthorpe will keep XL565 in running conditions!

Information on this page current as of 05/12/2020, last updated by Jake

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