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An early photograph of XG900, possibly taken during engine running before the first flight and without the lift jets fitted. The undercarriage is still ‘bare’ and the aeroplane sports the original ‘puff pipe’ under the nose.
An early photograph of XG900, possibly taken during engine running before the first flight and without the lift jets fitted. The undercarriage is still ‘bare’ and the aeroplane sports the original ‘puff pipe’ under the nose. VIA TONY BUTTLER

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