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SEPECAT Jaguar - Survivor XX119

GR.3A XX119 - DSAE, RAF Cosford, Shropshire

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Jaguar GR.3A XX119 at RAF Cosford Airshow 2022, 12th June 2022; Jake Wallace

XX119 was first flown on 5th November 1973 and delivered to the 226 OCU a month later. By 1981 she was with 54 Squadron at RAF Coltishall, coded GC. In March 1983 she was transferred to A&AEE Boscombe Down for some trials work, coded BD. She was back with 226 OCU at RAF Lossiemouth, coded 01, by May 1986. In 1993 she joined 16(R) Squadron, eventually being coded A.

In 1998 she was converted to GR.3 standard and spent some time with the Air Fleet Development unit at Boscombe Down before rejoining the frontliners on 54 Squadron at RAF Coltishall, coded GD. She went on to be converted to a GR.3A but remained with 54 until 2006, when she joined 6 Squadron, coded EB.

With Coltishall's closure, 6 Squadron moved to RAF Coningsby in 2006. XX119 - affectionally nicknamed 'Spotty Jag' had the honour of being painted in this special scheme to mark the end of the Jaguar in RAF service, and was the last RAF Jaguar to retire, landing at RAF Cosford on 2nd July 2007. Initially retained in running condition to train recruits in marshalling skills, she is now only used for static ground instruction. She has, after retirement, been fitted with the specially painted drop tanks that were originally fitted on XX835.

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