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|HUNTING JET PROVOST T.3A XN462|
|Hunting Jet Provost XN462 was built at Luton as a Mk.3 for the Royal Air Force. It undertook its first flight in the summer of 1960, and was part of Hunting Aircraft Ltd's exhibition at the 1960 Farnborough Airshow later that year. On 29th September 1960, XN462 was transferred onto military charge. It was assigned to 27MU (Maintenance Unit) RAF Shawbury, where it was subsequently prepared for service.
Its military career began at RAF Linton-on-Ouse with 1FTS (Flying Training School), as aeroplane '23', and it remained in use with the Unit until a move to 2FTS (as aeroplane '9') at RAF Syerston a few years later. On 5th September 1966, it suffered an accident on take-off, but was declared repairable by the RAF. This work was carried out by 27MU at Shawbury, and it was back in service by the end of the decade with the CFS (Central Flying School) at RAF Little Rissington.
On 15th July 1975, XN462 left the CFS fleet and was ferried to Warton airfield in Lancashire, where the British Aircraft Corporation carried out
During December 1981, the aeroplane re-started its flying career with 3FTS based at RAF Leeming, as 'E'. It was later absorbed by the Central Flying School, which was based on the same airfield.
In November 1992, the aeroplane was put up for tender, and acquired by ex-Fleet Air Arm pilot Brent Owen. It was moved by road to a location at
Sharnford in Lincolnshire, where it was placed in storage.
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