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SEPECAT Jaguar - Survivor XZ364

GR.3A XZ364 - Jet Art Aviation, Selby, Yorkshire

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Jaguar GR.3A XZ364 at Selby, 29th May 2018; Jet Art Aviation

XZ364 first flew on the 3rd August 1976, being delivered to the RAF a couple of weeks later. In 1991, the airframe took part in the Gulf War, being painted in Alkali Removable Temporary Finish (ARTF), known as desert pink with the nose art 'Sadman'. XZ364 completed 47 missions during the war, this was the highest number of combat missions for any of the aircraft during the Gulf! Each mission was marked on the port side of the nose, under the cockpit.

The aircraft made its last flight into St Athan in November 2005 with a total of 6894.10 flying hours. She was sold to Everett Aero in 2007 who moved the airframe to Sproughton for storage. XZ364 was sold a year later to a private collector who specifically wanted to preserve XZ364 as a cockpit section, and so the cockpit was removed from the airframe. The rest of the airframe was scrapped at a later date once it had been stripped for spares. The private collector moved the forward fuselage to Tunbridge Wells, where lots of work and effort went into restoring and repainting it back into the Gulf War colours she wore in 1991. The cockpit was put up for sale on eBay in 2018, and was purchased by Jet Art Aviation, who moved it to Selby.

The photo above shows the cockpit section not too long after Jet Art acquired her.

Information on this page current as of 08/02/2022, last updated by Damien

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