One of the newest Sainik Schools, SSCN was established in 2019.
First reported by Amartya Ghosh on Twitter – Sainik School Chandrapur appears to hold a Jaguar airframe, the first of its kind reported to be ‘preserved’ as a warbird, and featuring the number “A-105” . The number is spurious and the only close number that one can correlate is “JS-105” .
Every warbird enthusiast that saw the above commented that the aircraft doesn’t look right – it looks weirdly different, the nose and the tail are not the types the IAF operated. Several Twitter users had called out that the Jaguar looks like a french example. We had definitely missed the memo about the import of 31 ex-French Jaguar airframes by HAL as a source for spares.. and as Angad Singh pointed out A105 was an original French Air Force Serial1. So that solves the identity for this airframe – It is a French Air Force example that never saw service with the IAF.
Additionally, the school also appears to have a HPT-32 on its premises. The identity of the aircraft is X-3250
There also appears to be a “Mock up” model of an LCA Trainer – and we should say, a very well executed one at that. This led us to believe the Jaguar may have been a fake example but after close scrutiny, we decided the Jag looks quite original! And that was before we understood the french connection!