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SEPECAT Jaguar - Survivor XX145

T.2A XX145 - Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, Old Sarum Airfield, Wiltshire

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Jaguar T.2A XX145 at RAF Cosford, 21st April 2022; Jake Wallace

Jaguar XX145 was delivered to the RAF in June 1974 and later converted to a T.2 standard. She retired to Boscombe Down in 2006, and was moved to RAF Cranwell for ground instructional uses.

Here she was pretty much a shell and could be seen with taped-up canopies plus her entire spine was all taped up too due to a lack of spine panels. XX145 then had a beam of hope when she was moved to Bruntingthorpe in April 2012 for her restoration, to begin with, the large possibility of becoming taxiable once again. She could be seen on static display at the Cold War Jets' open days for a year or so before being dismantled and going undercover in one of the temporary hangars for her restoration work to commence. Sadly, this soon came to a grinding halt when it was unsure who owned the airframe, this meaning it was still the property of the MoD in their eyes and so XX145 was left untouched for the rest of her time at Bruntingthorpe.

In 2020, Cox Automotive signed a lease agreement with the airfield owners thus leaving uncertainty over the future of all airframes including XX145. Due to some confusion over who owned XX145 and the uncertainty of the airfield, the School Of Technical Training (SoTT) based at RAF Cosford retrieved her from Bruntingthorpe all in one day and moved her to RAF Cosford by road. It was unclear at this point as to what plans Cosford had for XX145, but being a Jaguar it ended up in possibly the best place for its restoration to finally begin again. After a year of being at Cosford, XX145 has finally been reassembled (apart from the odd panels here and there) and has joined the No.2 SoTT on-site where she was used to train RAF aircraft technician apprentices for the foreseeable future.

In June 2023, it was advertised that XX145 would be put up for auction within the following months, however, it seems she was instead donated by RAF Cosford to the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) a few months later. The airframe arrived at Old Sarum - not a million miles away from her original home - on the 24th of August 2023. As full as the BDAC hangars are, it would be great to see XX145 undercover once again.

Information on this page current as of 24/08/2023, last updated by Jake

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