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Old 6th Nov 2014, 14:41
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Silly question for today - is French Air Force still flying Jaguars - convinced it was a Jaguar flew over my house about 10 mins ago in the southern Vendee, heading south-ish
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Old 6th Nov 2014, 14:44
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The French retired their Jags in 2005. Could be a display aircraft?
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There is a project to get one airworthy again and I was told that it was progressing well...

Perhaps that was it?

Vive la big cat!
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Cosford still uses Jaguar for ground instruction, flight line training, etc. Maybe one taxied a bit too fast.



Like that Victor.
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The only people still flying them is India. Unless there's a privately owned one knocking about I dobt it was a Jag. I live right under the low fly route in the southeast and it certainly has never turned up here. Maybe an Alpha Jet?

The only other thing I can think of is a Mirage F1. They were supposed to have finished flying in July after their final fly past over Paris. Could it have been a straggler being ferried to storage?
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Gurt long taxiway then.
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I thought Alpha Jet, but looked too long. Will look again at photos of both types, or get new specs!


Well, I think it looked more Jaguar than Alphajet, but probably the latter. Shame really.

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Cosford still uses Jaguar for ground instruction, flight line training, etc. Maybe one taxied a bit too fast.

Don't forget the Cranwell jobbies as well... They taxy too, though none of them fast, as I believe the reheat is Balked on all of them
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Wander, Courtney ... Gentlemen, might I suggest a tad more Château Mouton Rothschild as I found this to be an excellent aid to recognition
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What about a Mirage F1, similar shape, longer nose,
Any of them soldiering on ?

Just retired August, possible ferry Flight?

http://www.strategic-bureau.com/en/2...-du-mirage-f1/
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Coff - what a good idea - hic
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I don't think we have any taxi-ing Jaguars at Cranwell
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convinced it was a Jaguar flew over my house about 10 mins ago in the southern Vendee
Lucky sod I love that part of the world (hence my username which I've used on a lot of forums over the past 20 years) Without prying too much, where in the Vendee are you? I've spent a lot of time in and around Damvix, Lucon and lots of time "over the border" in La Rochelle.
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Jaguars At RAF Cranwell « News « Fast Air Photography
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vendee - just outside St Hilaire de Voust = 25 mins from Fontenay le Comte (where I am going to the Fin de Saison for the 75% scale Mosquito on Saturday) and an hour and 10 mins from La Rochelle. Just shut the pool up for the winter!
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DCAE and their Jags have all gone to Cosford.
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Ahhh, thanks for the info
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Old 6th Nov 2014, 19:49
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I watched a pair of Jags taxy about at RAF cosford about a month ago. Good to see a couple of TG1 SNCOs doing the driving.

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Wander, we used to use Fontenay Le Comte for our shopping when we were at our gite in Damvix. We stopped off for lunch there last time we were in the area two years ago.

Do you know if they intend to sort out any sort of relief road for Marans as it always seems to be gridlocked every time we pass through. I've always wondered what the Marais Poitevin looks like in winter. I'd imagine it still looks pretty nice.

Good luck with the Mosquito on Saturday
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Speaking of Mossies, rumour control has one doing the 2015 season, or part thereof, with the BBMF after the success of the Lancs visit. It has shown other overseas operators they can do it and make a profit too.
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