XS186 achievements and milestones

Where do we start!

We will be populating this page with some of the many great events and milestones that XS186 and her custodians have made their own.

Keep re-visiting this page to get an idea regarding some of the headlines (including headlines and photographs) we have made as we indulge ourselves in a bit of reminiscing…

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1964 – XS186 delivered to RAF Manby (interestingly, along with XS209, which also still exists).

The Air Officer Commanding RAF Manby’s log showing the arrival of XS186 in January 1964

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1966 – XS186 entered into the Wright Jubilee Trophy aerobatic competion, with Don Soames-Waring at the helm. XS186 also attended an airshow at RAF Leconfield that year, which was on the same day as that World Cup Final

XS186 in her silver and dayglo livery around the same year as her participation in the Wright Jubilee Trophy 

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1967 – XS186 attended the Battle of Britain at Home Day at RAF Finningley. The only venue where she was photographed in colour (and in the scheme she carries again today)!

Looking familiar ? – the livery we have put XS186 back into, re-creating those heady days of 1967!

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We shall leave the next 36 years out – see XS186 history pages….

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2004 – XS186 is brought to the site of RAF Metheringham, where the restoration programme began….

Who would have thought this could have been returned to flight ready status…….

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2010 – XS186 was re-started for the first time since 1968!

Some of our original crew and fire-fighting team along with Rob Fullerton our first pilot in those early experimental years

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2011 – XS186 moved under her own power for the first time since 1968!

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12/05/2014 – A slot on Radio 4 ‘Listeners Sounds’ – the sound of her engine running was played on-air

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July 2014 – A film maker, Bryony Byrne was making a feature film, Akala, in LIncolnshire and was desparate to find a jet aircraft to bring a bit of drama to her film….. the RAF couldn’t oblige, so we did, and XS186 has a few seconds in the film, taxying in to a stop for the cameras and making her feature film debut…

 

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20/08/2014 – The same engine run from Listeners Sounds in May won a ‘play off’ of sounds and was put into a new composition that was played as part of a BBC Proms programme.

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28/11/2015 – XS186 became the inspiration behind an authors (Amanda Cundall) dream to write a children’s book ‘Jim the Jet Provost’  and features a lovely thank you and photograph in the book’s credits.

The book - 'Jim the Jet Provost' - more of a link to XS186 than first thought...

The book – ‘Jim the Jet Provost’ – more of a link to XS186 than we first thought…

Jim the Jet Provost – XS186 was part of the inspiration behind this lovely childrens book

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23/05/16 – The 75th anniversary of the first jet aircraft flight in the UK was celebrated at RAF Metheringham, the celebration was organised and run by the XS186 Crew and featured a talk from Frank Whittle’s son Ian, and visits by a turbine powered Gazelle helicopter, jet-powered car and of course engine runs by XS186 over the weekend.

Jim's off to see his lady friend XS186 «

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2020 – A exciting new project is underway, to bring access to XS186 to a world-wide audience. Watch this space for more details soon! 

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