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Survivor XF114 (G-SWIF)

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XF114 - Solent Sky (stored off-site), Southampton, Hampshire

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Swift F.7 XF114 at RAF Fairford, 19th July 2003; author

XF114 was used for braking trials at Cranfield before ending up as an instructional airframe at a college in Wales. Exchanged for a Jet Provost in the 1980s, XF114 was dismantled and stripped by Jet Heritage with the eventual intention of making it airworthy once more. However in 1998 she departed JH to go into Jonathan Whaley's care and was put in storage at RAF Scampton. Jonathan put her up for sale and finally the Southampton Hall of Aviation (now Solent Sky) purchased the aircraft, which I guess marks the end of their attempts to try and get hold of WK275. Hopefully in due course they'll have this aircraft restored to static display condition because any hope of it flying has surely now finally disappeared. She's seen here partially re-assembled on display at RIAT 2003, and has since been put in storage, awaiting a time when funds allow for an expansion of the museum buildings.

Information on this page current as of 07/10/2008

Find other photos of XF114 on the following sites:

Air-Britain - Airliners.net - Airplane-Pictures.net - flickr.com - WorldAirPics.com - JetPhotos.net - PlanePictures.net