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|HUNTING JET PROVOST T.4 XP688|
|Hunting Jet Provost T.4 XP688 was built at Luton during 1962. Following preparation for RAF service, it was issued to the RAFC (Royal Air Force College) at Cranwell as aeroplane '62'. During the summer of 1964, XP688 was moved to RAF Manby where it joined the CAW (College of Air Warfare) fleet as 'M'. A year later the aeroplane was re-coded '22', an identity it kept until April 1974 when the CAW disbanded.
Following a period of store, XP688 joined the CATCS (Central Air Traffic Control School) at RAF Shawbury in May 1975. Assigned the letter code 'E', it was employed as a live training tool for junior Air Traffic Controllers for the next fourteen years.
During 1991, the aeroplane was moved by road to RAF Halton, joining the RAF School of Technical Training (1SoTT). Assigned the maintenance serial 9031M, it was employed as an training aid for future RAF technicians.
Originally earmarked for scrapping, XP688 escaped the cutters torch and was subsequently offered for sale. On 13th February 1997, the aeroplane was moved to Chorley, where it became part of the Botany Bay Village collection and placed on display.
In July 2005, XP688 was bought by the Eccleston Delph Scuba Diving Centre. Located on the site of a former quarry and now a thriving diving centre, XP688 arrived at Eccleston and was sunk a few months later. It remains there today, and is regarded as an important part of the Delph diving experience.
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