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XX761 - Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, Old Sarum Airfield, Wiltshire

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Jaguar GR.1 XX761 at Old Sarum, 19th August 2018; author

First flown on 24th April 1975, XX761 was delivered to the OCU at RAF Lossiemouth on 4th June 1975. Her career was a short one, and came to a grinding halt on 6th June 1978. During a ground run on the detuner at Lossiemouth, the port engine HP turbine disc shattered and flung parts of itself enthusiastically in various directions, immediately cutting open the fuel tanks in the wing along with the port drop tank, triggering an enormous explosion that demolished the nearby 17 Squadron line hut and kicked off a furious blaze that destroyed much of the airframe aft of the intakes. The aircraftman in the cockpit shut down the aircraft and evacuated, thankfully unhurt. Spending some time in a hangar for investigations, the nose section was removed to Warton in April 1979 for ground instructional duties with the wreckage scrapped. BDAC acquired the nose at some point, and have restored it in latter day Jaguar force colours, and have even got the refuelling probe and various cockpit instruments operational.

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