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XW560 - Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, Old Sarum Airfield, Wiltshire

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Jaguar S XW560 at Old Sarum, 19th August 2018; author

The first British single seat prototype (S.06, XW560) was flown on 12th October 1969, going supersonic on its first flight, but would be badly damaged on the ground in at Boscombe Down on 11th August 1972 due to an uncontained engine failure that ruptured a fuel tank resulting in a huge fire. What was left of the airframe was relegated ground instruction duties at Lossiemouth, then to Warton until 1977 and - by this time just a nose section - ended up with No.1343 ATC Squadron at East Grinstead. BDAC then acquired her in 2004 and have restored her to her current state.

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