Jetstream T1 XX496
Taken 12/9/2013 at RAF Cosford
26 Jetstream T Mk.1 aircraft were ordered from Scottish Aviation Ltd at Prestwick for RAF Training Command (XX475 – XX500) to serve as multi-engined pilot training aircraft to replace the Vickers Varsity, with 16 later modified and diverted to the Royal Navy.
XX496 had a somewhat chequered career not least it's start in life.
Fuselage built by Handley Page Aircraft Ltd at Radlett; stored incomplete after the collapse of the company March 1970.
Purchased from receiver by Jetstream Aircraft Ltd and transported to Sywell by road.
By road to Scottish Aviation at Prestwick. Reworked to T. Mk.1 standard with SAL built wings.
31 Oct 75
First flight. Constructor’s number 276.
22 Jan 76
Awaiting collection; to RAF St Athan. Total flying hours 9.35.
And so it goes on!
Picture added on 23 September 2013 at 07:27