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Old 19th Mar 2019, 15:13
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Old 21st Mar 2019, 12:32
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Ceylon Jet Provosts at Luton

I am aware that this excellent forum focuses on the civilian operations at Luton Airport but I wonder if anyone can provide me with help regarding Jet Provost deliveries from Hunting/Percival to the Ceylon Air Force. I am aware that 12 Jet Provost T Mk.51s, CJ701-CJ712 from Luton - probably by company or Airwork pilots - from December 1959?
It is suggested that the first aircraft, CJ701, was the former company Mk.2 demonstrator, G-AOHD/'XN117' which was returned and modified to Mk.3 standard. Another suggestion was that this aircraft was scrapped at Luton in 1960 and that CJ 701 was anew-build airframe? Any help will be gratefully received?
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Old 21st Mar 2019, 16:09
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CJ701 c/n PAC/W/5754 FF Luton 1959 as G-23-1. To Ceylon AF (no date given) WFU 1971
CJ702 c/n PAC/W/5760 FF Luton 1959 poss as G-23-5. To Ceylon AF 2.60. WFU 1971
CJ703 c/n PAC/W/5763? FF Luton 1959 poss as G-23-6. To Ceylon AF 2.60. WFU 1971
CJ704 c/n PAC/W/6192 FF Luton 1959. To Ceylon AF 2.60. WFU 1971. By 1994 in play area in Sri Lanka AF Museum Ratmalana Sri Lanka
CJ705 FF Luton 1959 poss as G-23-5. To Ceylon AF 2.60. WFU 1971. By 1994 in play area in Sri Lanka AF Museum Ratmalana Sri Lanka
CJ706 c/n PAC/W/6322? FF Luton 1959. To Ceylon AF 2.60. WFU 1971
CJ707 FF Luton 1959/60. To Ceylon AF 1962?. WFU 1971 and preserved
CJ708 FF Luton 1959/60. To Ceylon AF 1962?. WFU 1971
CJ709 FF Luton 1959/60. To Ceylon AF 1962?. WFU 1971
CJ710 FF Luton 1959/60. To Ceylon AF 1962?. WFU 1971
CJ711 FF Luton 1960. To Ceylon AF 1962?. WFU 1971. Preserved at Sri Lanka AF Museum Ratmalana Sri Lanka.
CJ712 FF Luton 1959/60. To Ceylon AF 1962. WFU 1971

G-AOHD was c/n PAC/84/012 FF Luton 1956 and did an overseas sales tour in Latin America and then was shipped out to Oz. It's preserved and stored at RAAF Museum, Point Cook.

Info from On the Wings of a Gull by David Gearing, published by Air Britain. It does contain errors.
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Old 24th Mar 2019, 10:41
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Ceylon Jet Provosts at Luton

I would agree that the Gearing book is full of errors. Anyway, thanks to several enthusiasts I have found out that XN117 did not go to Ceylon AF as 'CJ701' but was placed into open store at Luton following weapons trials and overseas evaluations and scrapped in early 1962. The deliveries of the Jet Provosts to Ceylon have never been confirmed and I am sure that there must an accurate list somewhere?
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