SEPECAT (Société Européenne de Production de l'Avion d'École de Combat et d'Appui Tactique – the "European company for the production of a combat trainer and tactical support aircraft") was formed in 1966 as a joint venture between Breguet and the British Aircraft Corporation, one of the first major joint-Anglo-French military aircraft programs. Production of Jaguar aircraft components would be split between Breguet and BAC and these would be assembled on two production lines; one in the UK and one in France, however there would be no duplication of work, each component for the aircraft had only one source. The first of 8 prototype Jaguars flew in 1968, a two-seat design fitted with the first production model Adour engine. The Armée de l'Air took delivery of the first production Jaguar in 1973, one of an eventual 160 single-seat Jaguar As. For type conversion training, France also took 40 of the two-seat Jaguar E. The RAF accepted delivery of the first of 165 single-seat Jaguar GR1s (the service designation of the Jaguar S) in 1974. These were supplemented by 35 two-seat trainers, the Jaguar T2 (previously Jaguar B). India became the largest single export customer, with a $1 billion order for the aircraft in 1978, the Jaguar being chosen ahead of the Dassault Mirage F1 and the Saab Viggen after a long and difficult evaluation process. The order involved 40 Jaguars built in Europe at Warton, and 120 licence-built aircraft from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) under the local name Shamsher ("Sword of Justice"). The Jaguar International was an export version which was sold to Ecuador, Nigeria and Oman.
Jaguar GR 1
A close up shot of Sepecat Jaguar GR 1 XX109 in the colours of 54 Sqn picture taken at the City of N...
One of a pair of soon to be no more British Jaguars, this aircraft type is my firm favourite.
Twin Seat Jaguar
The nicest looking of the Jag's is this twin seater again just left VAS. (Visiting Aircraft Section)
Jaguar-A A-117/11-MH EC-2/11 FrAF/FAF. Base-Aerienne St.Dizier-Robinson, 21-06-1992.
Jaguar-M M-05/J ex Aeronavale/SEPECAT. Held storage in a hangar for the Musée de Tradition de l'Aer...