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GR.3A XZ385 - Privately Owned, Biddulph area, Staffordshire

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Jaguar GR.3A XZ385 at Everett Aero, 24th February 2018; Richard E Flagg

XZ385 first took to the skies on 25th March 1977 and served with 14 Squadron at RAFG Brüggen initially (coded AA) until moving to 17 Squadron (coded BE) in 1984. By 1989 she was at RAF Coltishall with 54 Squadron (coded GM) and stayed with them until transfer to 16(R) Squadron in 1994 (coded F). She returned to 54 Squadron at Coltishall after upgrades in 1996 (now in the overall greys scheme but regaining her GM tail code) before bouncing back to 16(R) Squadron in 1997 (coded C, and later PC). By 2005 she was with 41 Squadron at Coltishall (coded FT), and ended her active days there before retiring to St Athan for spares recovery. The aircraft was then sold to Everett Aero based at Bentwaters airfield for outside storage waiting for a new owner.

Jet Art Aviation brought the airframe in July 2019 and it was sadly reduced to a cockpit section; nearly a year later in August 2020, the cockpit was sold to a private owner who moved it somewhere in the Biddulph area in Staffordshire.

Information on this page current as of 12/08/2021, last updated by Damien

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