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SEPECAT Jaguar - Survivor XZ369

GR.3A XZ369 - East Midlands Aeropark, Castle Donnington, Derbyshire

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Jaguar GR.3A XZ369 at East Midlands Aeropark, 21st September 2023; Jake Wallace

XZ369 was first flown on 11th October 1976 and entered service with 14 Squadron RAFG at Bruggen in November of that year. By 1984 she had moved to 17 Squadron, and returned to the UK in 1986 for GR.1A conversion. Re-entering service with 6 Squadron at Coltishall in 1988, she was progressively upgraded to GR.1B, GR.3, and finally GR.3A status, retiring in 2005.

She was disposed of to Everett Aero and stored at Bentwaters before being acquired by Delta Force Paintball in 2016, being reassembled and displayed with mockup pylons and weaponry next to the M6 motorway, near one of their paintball sites, as a dramatic advert.
Happily, in October 2020 she was moved on to East Midlands Aeropark where she is slowly restored.

Due to being outside for several years, her paintwork had gotten quite tatty by the time it reached the East Midlands Aeropark, as the images above show. Happily, the museum's volunteers didn't hang about with tidying her up by giving her a repaint and visually converting her back to a GR.1

Information on this page current as of 25/09/2023, last updated by Jake

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