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Survivor XX739 (8902M)

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GR.1 XX739 - Delta Force Paintball (displayed), Hockley Heath, Solihull

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Jaguar GR.1 XX739 at Delta Force Paintball - M42, 7th August 2019; Martin Hartland

First flown on 17th September 1974, XX739 served with 6 and 54 Squadrons at RAF Coltishall and Lossiemouth. Retired to ground instructional use at Halton in 1986, then onwards to Cosford, she remained there until 2007, when she moved to Syerston. It was here at Syerston where XX739 lost it's canopy and can be seen in one of the above photos we a canopy 'decoy' to protect to cockpit from the elements, it also lost the tip of its tail and various panels in the process.

Disposed of to Everett Aero, by 2014 it was at Bentwaters and was then sold to Delta Force Paintball in May 2018 where it was put on display next to the M42 at junction 3A. With loosing it's canopy several years back, the empty cockpit is probably starting to look rather corroded with it filling up with water in the rainy months. XX739 has received a repaint in to a rather light grey and what looks like hemp, something that just vaguely resembles green and grey... however, living under tress it will turn green rather quick anyways!

Information on this page current as of 14/06/2021, last updated by Jake

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