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SEPECAT Jaguar - Survivor XW563

S XW563 - County Hall (displayed), Norwich, Norfolk

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Jaguar S XW563 at County Hall, 21st June 2022; Richard E Flagg

The second Jaguar S prototype (S.07), XW563 first flew in 1970 and went on to become the Jaguar International demonstrator.

The airframe retired in 1977 to become a weapons loading trainer with the RAF. Over the years she's become rather a mixture of bits, but the nose and fuselage are original. On display at Brüggen for some time, but with the withdrawal of the RAFG Jaguars to the UK, she was moved to RAF Coltishall in 2001. Refurbished and placed on display as the gate guard, with the closure of Coltishall a few years later in 2006, she was gifted to the people of Norwich. She was then erected at County Hall as a permanent memorial to the close links between RAF Coltishall and the city.

Externally, she once looked really good, but as the above photo shows, her paintwork is starting to fade and flake due to many years of fighting the British weather.

Information on this page current as of 22/06/2022, last updated by Jake

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