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Lyneham Comet scrapped
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 00:00
Comet C.2 XK699 Sagittarius on the gate at RAF Lyneham, the site of its sad demise in early November.
De Havilland Comet C.2 XK699 Sagittarius, one of only two surviving short fuselage examples of the world’s first jet airliner, was scrapped at RAF Lyneham during early June. It had been hoped that the historic machine – which was owned by the MoD – would be moved to the RAF Museum at Cosford, and in March 2012 a procurement tender was issued for the dismantling and relocation of the aeroplane. The contract value was stated to be between £40,000 to £93,000.
The RAF Museum had agreed to take on the aeroplane, on the basis that the MoD would fund the move. Built in 1956, XK699 was one of eight Comet C.2s completed for the RAF, and was assigned to 216 Sqn at Lyneham in February 1957. Following retirement of the Comet C.2s in March 1967, Sagittarius was presented to the RAF Museum and put into storage at RAF Henlow. On October 16, 1986, XK699 arrived back at Lyneham on a low-loader, the RAF having taken the aircraft back on charge. After a spruce up and repaint, it went on show at Lyneham as a gate guard during the summer of 1987.