SEPECAT GR.3A Jaguar

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
SEPECAT
Markings
6 Squadron, Royal Air Force, 1990
Designation
GR.3A
Serial Number
XZ396

SEPECAT GR.3A Jaguar

SEPECAT was a joint venture between the French Breguet Company and the British Aircraft Corporation to produce a new supersonic jet trainer for the Royal Air Force and the French Air Force that could also be used as a light attack aircraft by the French. Begun in 1965 the design of what would become the Jaguar was complicated by the merger of Breguet and Dassault as well as changing requirements from both Air Forces. By the time the design was finished the aircraft had changed into a single seat strike fighter with nuclear capability optimized for low altitude operation as well as a two seat trainer version. The first prototype flew in 1968 and the type entered service with the French Air Force and RAF in 1973 and 1974 respectively. The Jaguar was also exported to India, Oman, Ecuador, and Nigeria. The aircraft saw extensive combat in Africa with the French Air Force and was used by both France and the RAF in the 1990-1991 Gulf War. It was retired from French service in 2005 and from RAF service in 2007.

Specifications
Wingspan 28 feet 6 inches
Length 55 feet 3 inches
Height 16 feet 11 inches
Weight 34,612 pounds
Max. Speed 860 knots
Service Ceiling 45,930
Range 2,190 miles
Engines 2 Rolls Royce/Turbomeca Adour turbofans with 8,249 pounds of thrust each
Crew 1