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GR.3A XZ356 - Roy Jerman, Welshpool, Powys, Wales

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Jaguar GR.3A XZ356 at Welshpool, 10th June 2018; Philip Cole

First flown on 7th June 1976, she was delivered to the RAF the next month, initially serving with 41 Squadron (coded J). In 1981 she went on to serve with 17 Squadron (coded BP) at RAFG Laarbruch (and taking part in the Red Flag exercise that year and in 1983), moving to 20 Squadron by June 1985 (coded AH).

At some point she moved to 41 Squadron at RAF Coltishall (coded EP) and XZ356 took part in Operation Granby, the liberation of Kuwait, in 1991, wearing desert sand paint and 'Mary Rose' nose art. On return to Coltishall she stayed with 41 for some time, including service in the Balkans, before being re-assigned to 54 Squadron (coded GF) by early 2002.

In late March 2005 she moved to 41 Squadron (coded FU). She was retired to DARA St Athan in February 2006 for spares recovery. She was then disposed of to Everett Aero and moved to Bentwaters in July 2008. Roy acquired her in May 2011.

Today, XZ356 is undercover in a rather small building as can be seen in the photo above. The airframe looks to be in an alright condition but the tires could do with inflating a bit!

Information on this page current as of 05/07/2021, last updated by Jake

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