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|HUNTING JET PROVOST T.3 XM369|
|Jet Provost XM369 was delivered to the Royal Air Force in 1960. It was assigned to 2FTS (Flying Training School), based at RAF Syerston, and given the fleet code '8'. It remained in service with the School until 1966, when it was flown to RAF Shawbury for long-term storage with 27MU (Maintenance Unit).
During 1969, the aircraft was moved to RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire, for its new life as an instructional airframe with 1SoTT (School of Technical Training). Given the maintenance serial 8084M and tail code '07', the aircraft joined numerous other examples being used to help train the next generation of RAF apprentices. It remained in use at Halton as '07' for the next twenty years until receiving a new tail code of 'C' in 1989. XM369 also received the wings of fellow JP T.3 XM409 around the same time.
During 1993, 1SoTT was officially wound down at RAF Halton in order to reform at RAF Cosford. XM369 was actually placed up for disposal in late 1992, but failed to sell. It finally left Halton in late-1994, moving to Thorpe Camp in Norfolk where it was used by the Nuclear, Bacteriological and Chemical Department.
During 1997, a scrap merchant based in Portsmouth bought XM369, and it was moved by road to Hampshire later that year. It escaped the cutters torch and was in store until 2003, when it moved back to Norfolk under new ownership. A project was begun to restore the aircraft to taxiable condition, and several cockpit components were donated from JP T.3 XN492 to help the cause.
In August 2004, XM369 was sold to Paul Spann. It was moved to Rossendale in Lancashire later that year. The restoration to taxiable condition continues, and once completed XM369 will be re-finished into a black/gold colour scheme. Paul is looking for parts to assist with the project, please contact him using the link below.
Further photos will be added shortly
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