We are a specialist supplier of ex-military fast jet aircraft for museum, display and gate guardian use.
Our aircraft range from recently retired, fully restored aircraft looking like they have just landed, to airframes that need restoration and are budget friendly. Jet Art Aviation has completed many restorations for clients and are proud to provide a unique, bespoke and professional restoration service.
The past few decades have seen the value of display aircraft rise and it is still continuing to do so. Passion for aviation and advertisement tools are now not the only reason clients purchase aircraft from us, many use them as financial investments, as a retirement fund or to be part of a preservation collection passed down for future generations to enjoy. We offer you unique aquisition opportunities to invest in aviation heritage.
There is an awe in seeing these ‘up close and personal’ and many clients have them as features for their businesses or a talking point for soirées and gatherings. Nothing is more magnificent or eye-catching than a military aircraft unexpectedly looming up as you drive past a company’s front entrance.
Take a look at the aircraft currently available from the Jet Art hangar.
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BAe ASTRA Hawk T1 XX341
XX341 is a one of a kind aircraft known as the Advanced Stability Training and Research Aircraft, ASTRA Hawk for short. XX341 was one of 3 BAe Hawk T1 aircraft ordered for the Empire Test Pilot School in 1981. This example was the 1st Hawk delivered to the school. 3 years later the aircraft was chosen to be radically modified to become the ASTRA Hawk. Since 1981 the aircraft had been operated by the Empire Test Pilots' School, a British training school for test pilots currently operating at MoD Boscombe Down in Wiltshire, England. The aircraft was originally operated by the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) which later became known as QinetiQ in 2001.
Construction number: 190/312165
Airframe hours: 2871
Number of landings: 4631
Fuselage FI: 13.891
1st of 3x hawks T1 delivered from manufacturer specifically ordered for ETPS.
May 1981: Taken on Strength/Charge with the Ministry of Defence with s/n XX341
1982 Transferred to MoD (PE), Empire Test Pilots School, RAE Boscombe Down.
1986 Converted at Cranfield to a Hawk T.1 ASTRA. Advanced Stability Training Aircraft
1987: Transferred to MoD (PE), Institute of Technology, Cranfield
July 1988: Transferred to Empire Test Pilots School, RAE Boscombe Down.
July 1988: Markings Applied: Empire Test Pilots School, 1
2001: Taken on Strength/Charge with the QinetiQ with s/n XX341, transferred to ETPS, Boscombe Down, markings Applied: Empire Test Pilots School, ASTRA, 1
2006 colour scheme was changed from red, white and blue (rasberry ripple) livery to the current black livery
XX341 is available as an externally complete static display/museum exhibit. The aircraft has been heavily internally spares recovered by her previous owner and as such would make an ideal candidate for pole mounting as a gate guard or for suspension from a ceiling as weight is at a minimum. Having only just arrived in stock, only recently retired and never kept outside this aircraft is in very clean and tidy external condition. Our vision for this aircraft is to restore her to her red, white and blue (raspberry ripple) livery along with Empire Test Pilot School markings as per the in service photos in our gallery above.
Check out our blog post on the ASTRA Hawk with a more in depth look at the aircraft's history.
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VAAC Harrier XW175
Earlier this year Jet Art Aviation acquired XW175, also known as the VAAC Harrier. For any AV geek this aircraft needs no introduction. For those of you needing some VSTOL education here is a brief resumé. This aircraft is a significant benchmark airframe with the following claims to fame:
Oldest 2-seater Harrier in existence
Longest serving Harrier ever; 1969 to 2008 last flight: Staggering 40 years service
The last fixed-wing aircraft to launch from HMS Invincible
First Harrier to achieve more than 100 ski jump ramp launches
Only surviving example of a development batch two seat V/STOL ground attack and reconnaissance fighter/trainer. Built to specification: SR(A)386
First 2 seat Harrier to take off from a ski jump launch ramp in August 1977
Flown by great test pilots such as John Farley and Justin Paines
Only Fly-By-Wire Harrier ever
Cutting edge research aircraft used for trial supporting Joint Strike Force (JSF) and other platforms
In July 2019 it celebrated it's 50th birthday
NB: All sensitive trials equipment has been removed from the aircraft, as well as items of US origin. This has reverted the aircraft back to all British spec designated as Harrier T4A.
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PANAVIA Tornado F2A ZD902 TIARA
Built in 1984, this is the only F2A variant Tornado aircraft in existence. This unique aircraft is a ‘T-bird’ twin stick variant of the Tornado with full flying controls in both cockpits. The aircraft is decommissioned with weapons systems and radar removed, but otherwise complete. This represents a one-off acquisition opportunity.
Tornado F2A ZD902 was originally attached to 229 OCU at RAF Coningsby in a training role. In 1988 it was converted at St Athan to F2A specification. This upgrade was designed to bring early F2 airframes up to F3 standard whilst retaining the Turbo-Union RB199 103 engines. Interestingly, ZD902 ended up being the only aircraft to receive the modifications, with most of the remaining F2s eventually becoming spares sources. ZD902 was famously used as a camera chase aircraft in 1985 flying alongside Concorde at MACH 2.
Later in her service career seeing use as a trials aircraft for the Defence Research Agency, ZD902 was named TIARA (Tornado Integrated Avionics Research Aircraft). Taskings included Blue Vixen radar trials for the Sea Harrier FA2, and head-up-display work for the Eurofighter Typhoon. TIARA was one of the last test aircraft to be flown out of Royal Aircraft Establishment Farnborough in 1994, concluding 90 years of military test flying at the historic airfield.
The aircraft flew for the last time on November 30th 2011, over six months after the last operational RAF Tornado F3 squadrons had been stood down, making this the longest serving Air Defence Variant (ADV) aircraft. She is indeed ‘LAST OF THE F3W' as the decal on the nose undercarriage door suggests.
With the vast majority of Tornados reduced to spares parts and scrapped, ZD902 is the last complete example of the Tornado ADV, with engines fitted and hydraulic and electrical systems installed. TIARA has led a very charmed and pampered life and despite a long service career has only clocked up an incredibly low 935 flying hours.
The aircraft is currently stored in a dismantled state in a heated hangar at a former RAF base in Yorkshire, England. Preserved with regular preventative maintenance, ZD902 is ready for delivery to her next lucky owner.
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PANAVIA Tornado F2 ZD899
New arrival - a very significant airframe. This aircraft is one of only a few UK Tornados to have survived the cull. A more significant airframe than you may think, ZD899 is not only a rare variant F2 aircraft but was the very first production ADV Tornado (Air Defence Variant). The aircraft never actually saw RAF service having been retained by BAe as a trials aircraft for most of her life. ZD899 was one of only eighteen production Tornado F2s that were built for the RAF, eight of which (including this one) were fitted with dual controls and were unofficially known as F.2(T)s. The aircraft was allocated to A&AEE (Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment). It was used for radar / weapon systems proving work and became the second JTIDS (Link 16) equipped ADV after ZE155 (AS011) to carry out paired trials. Although 899 didn’t get the longer F3 style rear fuse, it effectively became the "F3 avionic prototype" as it was fitted with a twin IN navigation system (the extra IN replacing the Secondary Attitude and Compass System (SACS) which was rather problematic). "AT001" as it was referred to at Warton was also used for autopilot trials. The fin is still marked up with ‘AT1’ applied in service to hammer home the point that this aircraft was the first production Tornado ADV.
First flown: 12/04/1984 flown by Eric Bucklow and Les Hurst.
Last flown: 30/06/2004
Build Number AT001 C/N 2004 Production batch 4 Tornado airframe. 1st ADV production batch aircraft.
This aircraft took pride of place during the official roll out ceremony for the first two production batch F2s on 28th March 1984, which was attended by Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Williamson and Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Heseltine.
ZD899 last flew in 2004 and was then used as a spares source to support other Tornado trials aircraft. The aircraft’s final swansong was in 2003 when ZD899 was used as a chase aircraft and camera ship in support of Meteor missile trials.
The Jet has spent the last two years in a training role with the fire service as a crash rescue trainer providing important training work to help save lives in an educational role. Extracted by Jet Art in November the aircraft is going to undergo a full restoration process to full static display museum standard. This will ensure the aircraft is preserved for future generations to come. If you would like to own this aircraft or would like to commission the restoration to your specification, please get in touch. Restoration and rebuild work will commence early 2020. The above gallery illustrates the aircraft's current condition as well as some historic images of the aircraft in service.
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Sepecat Jaguar GR1/GR3
We currently have a choice of 7 x ex RAF Sepecat Jaguar aircraft for sale.
Condition varies from airframes suitable for restoration as static display/museum exhibits, to low budget airframes suitable for preservation as a fuselage or cockpit section.
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