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SEPECAT Jaguar - Survivor XX748

GR.3A XX748 - DSAE, RAF Cosford, Shropshire

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Jaguar GR.3A XX748 at Cosford, 10th June 2018; Damien Burke

First flown on Xmas Eve 1974, XX748 presumably had some early snags to deal with as she wasn't delivered to the RAF until 5th February the next year, joining the OCU at RAF Lossiemouth, coded 20.

She went on to serve with 54 Squadron at RAF Coltishall, coded GK, and took part in the 1991 Gulf War / Operation Granby, painted overall desert sand and coded U. Contrary to some published information, 748 never had nose art during the war. On her return to Coltishall after the war, at some point the avionics bay door from XZ118 was swapped on to XX748, which is why there are photos of 748 with the 'Buster Gonad' nose art (and a white GK tail code also applied postwar).

In 1990 XX748 was converted to a GR.3A and returned to service with 54, before moving on to 6 Squadron after 1996, coded EG. With Coltishall's closure she flew out on 29th March 2006 to join the rest of 6 Squadron at RAF Coningsby. She flew into retirement as a ground instructional airframe at RAF Cosford on 18th May 2007, subsequently wearing ground-crew modified coding of 'EGAZ' on the fin and 'DOG EGG' on the nosewheel door! Clearly fans of The Strangerers...

XX748 has been at Cosford ever since, at some point recoded L.

Information on this page current as of 19/12/2020, last updated by Jake

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