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SEPECAT Jaguar - Survivor XZ384 (8954M)

GR.1 XZ384 - RAF Coltishall Heritage Centre, Coltishall, Norfolk

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Jaguar GR.1 XZ384 at Coltishall, 19th July 2024; Tom Hempsall / RAF Coltishall Heritage Centre

First flown on 18th March 1977, XZ384 was delivered to RAF Bruggen and 20 Squadron (coded CM) on 6th April 1977. She went on to serve briefly with 31 Squadron (coded DG) from July to October 1984, and then finally to 17 Squadron (coded BC). She had a relatively short career, and the airframe carried out her last flight on 28th February 1985, back to the UK and storage at RAF Shawbury.

She was later transported to RAF Cosford in March 1988. At Cosford, XZ384 (8954M) joined the DCAE school where she was used for ground instructional purposes. Having stayed undercover for so long being looked after by the apprentices, the airframe remained in very good condition, though she did go on to spend some time out in the weather when the instructional fleet was also retired, and has become rather faded as a result.

It was advertised in June 2023 that XZ384 would be going for auction over the following months, and by early 2024, the RAF Coltishall Heritage Centre had acquired the aircraft. They have since run a successful crowdfunding effort to raise the money to bring XZ384 'home' to RAF Coltishall for preservation and display, and she duly arrived there on 19th July 2024. Whilst never based at Coltishall, it is great to see a Jaguar back at "The Home of the Jaguar" at long last and the chaps there will no doubt have her looking as good as new in due course.

Information on this page current as of 20/07/2024, last updated by Damien

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