SEPECAT Jaguar XZ111

South Cowshaw Farm, Lochmaben













Aircraft Type Photo


BELOW: An RAF Jaguar GR.3A variant of 41 Squadron RAF at Cotswold (Kemble) Airport.


side-on view of sepecat jaguar


Photo: 2005 Adrian Pingstone ('Arpingstone')


Released by the author to the public domain



BELOW: RAF SEPECAT Jaguars in flight.


RAF Sepecat Jaguars in flight


Photo: 2006 'Fernacam'.


 Released by the author to the public domain.






Aircraft Type and Background





Aircraft Type Designation: GR.1A (Ground Attack / Strike aircraft.)



Intended originally as an RAF advanced trainer, the Sepecat Jaguar's role was changed during development to that of an operational fighter/bomber. It was capable of carrying a range of different munitions including air-to-air missiles and tactical nuclear weapons.


The Jaguar was developed jointly by Britain and France, and first flew in the UK in 1969. This marked the beginning of a long service life, as the aircraft was still in use up until 2007; latterly, following major upgrades to the avionics, etc.


Equipped with Rolls-Royce/Turbomeca Adour turbofan engines, the Jaguar was capable of flying supersonic at over 1,000mph (1,700kph).


The Jaguar featured here was a strike fighter aircraft (GR.1A).






Aircraft Accident Details


Sepecat Jaguar XZ111/GO was one of two aircraft that took of from RAF Coltishall in East Anglia, England for a low-level training mission. The aircraft that crashed was being flown by Flt Lt Clarke, RNZAF—an exchange pilot who was familiar with the Jaguar aircraft.


Toward the end of the low-level training sortie, and while overflying the Scottish lowlands, a number of seagulls were ingested by the jet engines, causing a flame-out. The pilot shut down both engines, but was unable to relight either of them due to the damage caused by the bird strike.


Unable to maintain control, the pilot ejected from the aircraft but sustained major injuries in the process.


The Jaguar jet continued airborne for a short distance, but soon crashed on a hillside close to South Cowshaw Farm, not far from Lochmaben. The Ministry of Defence reports the crash site as being 5nm NE of Dumfries.



Ministry of Defence Summary Report.






Aircraft Pilot Survivor


The pilot managed to eject (with major injuries) before the aircraft crashed. He was:


Flt Lt Brendan "Torch" Clarke, Pilot, RNZAF.






Crash Site Photos


BELOW: The remaining wreckage of Sepecat Jaguar XZ111 / GO lying in a field at South Cowshaw Farm (or South Cowton Farm?) north of Tinwald, Dumfries.


This wreckage has since been removed from the crash site.


wreckage of raf jaguar XZ111/go in farm fields near tinwald, dumfries


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Crash Date / Site



Accident Date: 27 Oct 2000


Accident Site:

South Cowshaw Farm (vicinity of) (or South Cowton Farm?), Lochmaben.


Nearest roads: A701 or A709.


Region: Dumfries and Galloway


Nearest town or village:

Lochmaben (E) [map]


Nearest large town: Dumfries(SW).


Crash site OS Grid Ref. N/A


Crash site GPS Ref: N/A


Present Condition: Wreckage removed from crash site.




Aircraft Details



Registration or Serial: XZ111 / GO


Operator: RAF (54 Squadron; 6 Squadron RNZAF pilot.)


Operating Station: RAF Coltishall (former).


Station Location: Coltishall, Norfolk, East Anglia, England.


Current Station Status:

Military operations ceased in 2006. Site now open to public.





Related Links



Accident Report Link


Ministry of Defence Summary Report.



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6 Squadron RNZAF.


54 Squadron RAF (History).


RAF Coltishall.


SEPECAT Jaguar Links

SEPECAT Jaguar at Wikipedia

SEPECAT Jaguar at World of Warplanes.

Target Lock: SEPECAT Jaguar

Qinetic ETPS Sepecat Jaguar (now retired)




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