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XW324 was built at Warton, as the 38th Jet Provost T.5 for the Royal Air Force. It was accepted by the RAF in early 1970 and went into service with No.3FTS at RAF Leeming. Coded '38' the aircraft was used for basic pilot training, and also was used by the School's aerobatics team 'Gemini Pair' during 1973.

The aircraft was not selected for upgrade to T.5A status during 1975, and instead it was transferred onto the strength of 6FTS at RAF Finningley. Used for navigational training tasks as aircraft 'U', XW324 remained at Finningley for the remainder of its RAF career. It was retired and ferried to RAF Shawbury for storage on 21st July 1993.

In February 1994, XW324 was one of sixty five Jet Provost aircraft acquired by Global Aviation, based at the former RAF Binbrook airfield. The JPs were slowly ferried to their home base, and XW324 arrived 'home' on 23rd April 1995. Following restoration to full flying condition and a move to Humberside Airport, XW324 was made available for sale. A private owner, based in Southend acquired it, and it was flown and operated from the nearby Airport.
In 2002 XW324 was sold to Richard Kay and it was initially moved to North Weald, before making Jersey on the Channel Islands its home. The aircraft was maintained by North Wales Military Aviation Services (NWMAS) based at Hawarden, and became a regular attendee at UK airshows.

In mid-2007, the aeroplane was sold to Bespoke Interiors Ltd and made its return to the airshow circuit at Cosford in June 2008, following an overhaul completed by NWMAS. It is now based at East Midlands Airport, and following several appearances during the 2009 season, XW324 will be operational again in 2010, under the Heritage Aviation banner.

Air display appearances 2010 for XW324 (courtesy of Jeff Bell/Heritage Aviation)
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