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Survivor XJ714 (really composite of WT684, XF383, XM126, XG226, PH-NLH & ET-272)

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FR.10 XJ714 - East Midlands Aeropark, East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire

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Hunter FR.10 XJ714 at East Midlands, 12th July 2011; Damien Burke

No true Hunter FR.10 survived to be preserved in the UK, so the Jet Aviation Preservation Group at Long Marston took on the mantle of bringing the variant back from the dead. XJ714 is a composite of a number of Hunters brought together to create an FR.10 (e.g. the tail section is from ET-272). As this sort of thing went on a lot with Hunters, it's not even 'cheating'! Sadly JAPG later gave up on their collection and abandoned it to the weather. A great shame. Thankfully in October 2008 a number of the Long Marston airframes were acquired by the East Midlands Aeropark and, as you can see, XJ714 is looking much healthier nowadays in her new home, being mid-repaint when I visited.

Information on this page current as of 19/01/2012, last updated by Damien

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