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SEPECAT Jaguar - Survivor XX845

T.4 XX845 - South Wales Aviation Museum, (stored), St Athan, Wales

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Jaguar T.4 XX845 at South Wales Aviation Museum, 22nd February 2023; Jake Wallace

XX845 was built as a T.2 and first flown on 12th August 1975. Originally slated to enter service with 20 Squadron at RAF Bruggen, with 20 Squadron's formation delayed, she instead joined 17 Squadron, coded BY and served with them until the early 1980s, when she moved on to 226 OCU at RAF Lossiemouth, coded AZ.

By 1988 she had joined 41 Squadron at RAF Coltishall, coded V, and later A. Her final squadron, from 1998 onwards, was 6 Squadron, with whom she was coded ET, being converted to a T.4 and gaining an overall grey scheme in the early 2000s. Her final flight was from Coltishall to St. Athan in June 2005, for spares recovery, after which she was roaded to RAF Cosford for instructional use.

By October 2009 she had been moved to RNAS Predannack, and placed in a nose-down position for crash rescue training. Over the years, she has been heavily stripped where parts have gone to other Jaguar restoration projects, leaving XX845 nothing more than a shell. Due to the lack of maintenance carried out and sitting in the salty sea air, she is now heavily corroded as a result. The lack of canopies has also allowed rainwater access to both cockpits, making them a bit of a sad mess.

In 2022, the airframe was acquired by the South Wales Aviation Museum (SWAM), and arrived by road in July of that year.
There are plans in the pipeline for XX845 to be restored and put on display at SWAM, but this isn't due to happen anytime soon.

Information on this page current as of 24/02/2023, last updated by Jake

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