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|HUNTING JET PROVOST T.3A XM466 (N7075U)|
|Jet Provost XM466 was built as a Mk.3 at Hunting's Luton factory. Following delivery to the Royal Air Force in June 1960, XM466 was prepared for
service at RAF Shawbury, prior to its first Unit posting.
In July that year, XM466 was sent to RAF Cranwell, to enter service with the RAFC (Royal Air Force College). Its time in use service was only brief, as a month later it was passed onto the strength of 1FTS (Flying Training School) at Linton-on-Ouse. Originally given the identity '24', it was recoded '14' in 1963, and it retained this throughout the remainder of the decade.
During October 1974, XM466 was ferried to the BAC (British Aircraft Corporation) factory at Warton, for refurbishment and upgrade to T.3A specification. Three months later, on 14th January 1975, it was returned to 1FTS. During July the same year, XM466 was moved on again, this time to RAF Leeming. XM466 then joined with CFS (Central Flying School) fleet of Jet Provosts, but remained in service for only three months. In October 1975, the aircraft was placed in long-term store.
XM466 emerged from hibernation in August 1981, joining the recently re-formed 7FTS at RAF Church Fenton as aircraft '105'.
XM466 was sold by tender at RAF Linton-on-Ouse later that year, and was subsequently exported to the USA. The aircraft is currently based at Santa Rosa in California, under the ownership of three proud individuals; Bruce Etchell, Dave DeWitt and Steve Penning. It remained in its 1FTS display colour scheme, and become a regular sight in the air.
In May 2009, XM466 was sold to Steven Kay, and the aeroplane continues to be based in California
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