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GAF Jindivik being transferred to Newark Air Museum

We are pleased to share the following news release text that has been agreed with Aerospace Bristol.

GAF Jindivik being transferred to Newark Air Museum

Despite the Newark Air Museum being closed due to the latest Covid-19 Lockdown and the museum staff being furloughed, work behind the scenes has continued. The museum trustees are pleased to advise that thanks to a collection review by Aerospace Bristol, the museum will soon be taking ownership of GAF Jindivik, A92-708.

The Jindivik is currently in store at Aerospace Bristol’s site at Patchway, Bristol. When Covid guidelines allow, this example of the famous reusable pilotless target aircraft will be moved to Newark’s Gateway Aviation Site in in eastern Nottinghamshire, close to the county border with Lincolnshire.

As an Accredited Museum, the trustees of Newark Air Museum were able to facilitate the transfer of this exhibit in quite a simple manner. The trustees are grateful to the assistance provided by Stefanie Vincent AMA, Collections Manager at Aerospace Bristol throughout the decision making process.  

“We are extremely grateful to Aerospace Bristol for helping us to complete this latest acquisition”, commented museum trustee Colin Savill, he continued. “From its use a target drone the Jindivik lies within two of our collecting remits; it will also complement the museum’s UAV display. The UAV display was established as a collaborative exercise with the Institute of Engineering and Surveying and Space Geodesy (IESSG) at the University of Nottingham and the RAF Museum, Hendon.”

“Firstly, it fits within our training collection where we have a considerable aircraft collection and other training aids. Secondly it complements our developing munitions display including Blue Steel, Yellow Sun, various missiles and bomb disposal equipment.”

He concluded, “The current plan is to display the Jindivik outdoors, with a longer term aim of displaying it under cover. We are really looking forward to adding this to our collection.”

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February 2021

Photo Credits

Photographs of the stored GAF Jindivik, A92-708, courtesy of Aerospace Bristol

Notes for Editors

1. The GAF Jindivik is a reusable radio-controlled target drone for use in missile testing that was produced by the Australian Government Aircraft Factories (GAF), as part of a joint development with the UK Government.

2. The name Jindivik owes its origins to an Aboriginal Australian word meaning "the hunted one".

3. The original production specification dates back to the late 1940s that required an aircraft capable of a 15-minute sortie at 12,000 metres (40,000 feet). The first flight of the Jindivik Mk.1 took place in August 1952.

4. GAF Jindivik, A92-708 crash landed on its 125th flight on the 20th August 1990, whilst being used for trials in the run up to the first Gulf War, Iraq 1991, ‘Operation Granby’. After being stored at RAF Llanbedr, Gwynedd for a number of years, the airframe was acquired by the Bristol Aero Collection in 1997 and was moved to their then site at Kemble, Gloucs.

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