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GR.1 XX109 - City of Norwich Aviation Museum, Horsham St. Faith, Norwich

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Jaguar GR.1 XX109 at City of Norwich Aviation Museum, 21st August 2021; Damien Burke

XX109 first flew on 16th November 1972 and was the second production GR.1. She began her flying career with the A&AEE in May 1973 and was most famously used for the motorway takeoff and landing carried out on the M55. In 1986 she was flown into RAF Coltishall and retired to become a weapon loading trainer. With Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, the preparations for war included trials of suitable camouflage and XX109 was selected to trial the desert pink scheme.

She retained this until 2003, when she was painted as a 54 Squadron machine as part of the Jaguar 30th Anniversary celebrations. She was acquired by the City of Norwich Aviation Museum in 2004 and moved there in September 2004. Soon after, she was refurbished and repainted into a glossy version of the 54(F) scheme and placed on external display, clearly visible from the nearby
Norwich Northern Distributor Road which has cut the museum off from the airport. My visit in 2021 found that the weather has been harsh to the new paint, and the spine and upper fuselage in particular is suffering quite badly. Given the Jag's significan to the local area it would be wonderful to see her repainted and undercover.

Information on this page current as of 21/08/2021, last updated by Jake

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