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Morayvia's Science and Technology Experience Project (STEP) is a project to bring together a number of disciplines from aerospace and astronomy to technology and arts-related activities into a single centre of excellence in Moray, but serving the northeast of Scotland, the Highlands and beyond.
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Thursday 11th May saw the arrival of our latest exhibit, a Jaguar GR3 Aircraft. Our very own “A” Team, Jim Simpson, Graeme Farris, Chris Herbert, Mick Esson and Ciaran Longmuir travelled down to Wallyford near Musselburgh to work on dismantling her. This involved removal of the tailplane and wings for loading onto the low loader provided by long time Morayvia supporters, Limehillock Quarries. The fuselage was then transported back up to Morayvia where it was met by one of LAS Plant’s crane fleet to be offloaded. At the moment only the fuselage is with us, and we’ll be working on reassembly of the aircraft later this month in preparation for display.
This type of aircraft is no stranger to the area, having been based at Lossiemouth. The first Jaguar GR3s arrived in March 1974. The aircraft was in active RAF service until May 2007. Our particular aircraft is believed to have been involved in operations in the former Yugoslavia in 1993, and Operation Warden (Iraq) in 1999.
The aircraft was finally located at the auction house of Charlie Williams (www.charliewilliams.com) and has now been passed on to Morayvia.
In addition to the aircraft, Charlie will also be organising an auction event which will help generate funds for us too, which we are most grateful to Charlie for doing.
Thanks to the team for giving up their time to go and retrieve the aircraft & Jim Simpson for the photos. Our thanks as always to Limehillock and LAS Plant for their heavy equipment provision!