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XX734 - Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, Old Sarum Airfield, Wiltshire

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Jaguar GR.1 XX734 at Old Sarum, 19th August 2018; author

First flown on 5th August 1974 and delivered to the RAF later that month, XX734 initially served with the OCU at RAF Lossiemouth and then 6 Squadron at RAF Coltishall. She was then 'borrowed' from the RAF as part of the sales effort to get the Indian Air Force up and running with the Jaguar as soon as possible. and accordingly re-registered as G-27-328 before being delivered to the IAF as JI014 in August 1980. She returned to the UK in 1982, and was immediately relegated to storage at Shawbury and then onward to ground instructional use at Farnborough in late 1983. She later moved to Coltishall in late 1984 to be used for Battle Damage Repair Training. After many years of abuse and being robbed for parts for other Jaguars, she was finally disposed of, it is thought to Harwell, where she was used for explosives research, suffering the loss of many parts of the airframe. Then disposed of to a scrap merchant in Charlwood, after which the Gatwick Aviation Museum acquired her and put her on display, though she could only be charitably described as a total wreck by that point. In 2013 BDAC acquired her and carried out some truly Herculean efforts to make her look like a Jaguar once more. She is still basically a gutted shell, and many of her exterior panels (including the entire tail fin) have been constructed from sheet metal to make her look complete.

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