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BAC STRIKEMASTER Mk.87 '605' / 'OJ10' (G-UVNR)
The British Aircraft Corporation, at its Warton factory, built Strikemaster G-UVNR.
Manufactured to Mk.87 specification for the Kenyan Air Force, the aircraft was released for service on 18th March 1971.
Given the identity '605', it was delivered to its new owners later that year.

After nearly 20 years service, '605' was sold, along with 5 other airframes, to the Botswana Defence Force. Coded 'OJ10' within its new Country, the aircraft remained in service until early 1997, when it was retired.
UK-based Global Aviation subsequently acquired the entire fleet and shipped the airframes to their base at Binbrook.
It was placed on the UK civilian register as G-BXFS.

Later offered for sale, OJ10 was sold to Ipswich-based Everett Aero in 1999. It was moved to North Weald, where restoration to flying condition was commenced. Once completed, the aeroplane was operated from North Weald on behalf of its owners, before being sold to Global Aviation Services in early 2001. It remained based in Essex for a short time, but was later moved to Hawarden airfield, near Chester, which became its home with several years lodging with North Wales Military Aviation Services (NWMAS) and frequently appearing on static display at airshows.

In April 2009, G-UVNR changed hands and came under the ownership of Gerald Williams and became one of the founder airframes used by Team Viper, a display team of four aircraft. The G-UVNR has become a regular sight at airshows across the UK, and with dates already in the diary for 2010 it looks set for another busy summer!

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