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SEPECAT Jaguar - Survivor XX829

T.2A XX829 - Newark Air Museum, Winthorpe Showground, Nottinghamshire

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Jaguar T.2A XX829 at Newark Air Museum, 31st March 2021; Damien Burke

XX829 flew for the first time on 28th November 1974 and was allocated to 54 Squadron in December of the same year. XX829 served with other notable Jaguar squadrons including 6 Squadron, 226 OCU and 16(R) Squadron before being retired to storage at RAF Shawbury in March 2001.

Disposed of to Everett Aero, the Newark Air Museum acquired her in March 2012 - the aircraft has a particular poignancy for the Museum's Acquisitions Officer, David Hibbert, who helped maintain the aircraft when it served with 54 Squadron in 1980.

She might look a bit sad in the latest photo but in actual fact the Museum have made great progress since she arrived, as she was lacking a large number of panels etc. on arrival. She's now looking nearly complete and you have to admire Newark's policy of cunning masquerades when some bits aren't immediately available - from ground level she looks like she has complete ejector seats installed, only from on high can you spot the unconventional seat buckets! She also lacks engines - I'm sure any leads on a suitable pair would be appreciated!

Information on this page current as of 31/03/2021, last updated by Damien

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