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Title screen for Top Gear.

TV Series (2002-Present)

Jeremy Clarkson
Richard Hammond
James May
The Stig

3 presenters take car reviews to the extreme with unusual road testing, 'consumer based' challenges and special expeditions. Resident professional driver The Stig sets laps in high-performance cars and guides celebrities in 'Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car'.

Series 1

McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle

Various shots seen in archive footage.


Series 3

British Aerospace Sea Harrier F(A).2 & Westland Sea King

Ep. 3.01
On the HMS Invincible (R05).

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British Aerospace Sea Harrier F(A).2


Saab vs BAE Sea Harrier.

Series 4

Westland WAH-64 Apache

Can an Apache get a missile lock on a Lotus Exige?

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Boeing 747-41R

Registration G-VAST, c/n 28757/1117 built in 1997. At Glasgow Prestwick Airport (PIK/EGPK). Amusingly, the BBC had to censor the Virgin Atlantic logos, but neglected to censor one of the more identifiable aspects of Virgin's livery, being the distinctive 'Flying Lady' nose art.

Reg. G-VAST Boeing 747-41R Ladybird of Virgin Atlantic Airways.
Reg. G-VAST Boeing 747-41R Ladybird of Virgin Atlantic Airways.
Reg. G-VAST Boeing 747-41R Ladybird of Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Cessna TU206G

Can you parachute into a moving car? Registration G-SKYE, c/n U206-04568 built in 1978.

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Series 9

Boeing 747-236B

The 747 in this episode is used in a challenge of towing power by the presenters. The aircraft, a former British Airways plane G-BDXJ, is based at Dunsfold Aerodrome where the show is filmed and is often seen in the background among other aircraft, having a position on the aerodrome's apron that overlooks the Top Gear Track. As well as being used in various productions in the UK, is was most notably used in Casino Royale where it received it's twin-engined configuration to portray the fictional Skyfleet S570. At the time of this episode's filming, G-BDXJ's plain livery had been repainted, but the twin engine nacelles were still installed from its time as the Skyfleet S570.
Also seen in several other movies. See IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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Series 16

Ilyushin Il-76TD

Ep.16.00 Middle East Special
Jeremy, Richard and James fly into Arbil International Airport, Iraq aboard this Il-76.
Registration EK76808, Serial 1013405177.

RUS Aviation Il-76TD.
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Low flypast over runway before circling to land.
Jeremy and James drive off the back whilst being 'tracked' by an Iraqi Air Force Mil Mi-17.

Mil Mi-17

Ep.16.00 Middle East Special
Seen at Abril Airport where the Top Gear presenters disembark with their sports cars.

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Robinson R22 Beta

Ep.16.01 Yeti Road Test
The Skoda Yeti, Jeremy decides it should be able to handle helicopter landings for Roman Abramovich's sake.
Registration G-DMCD, Serial 1201.

R22 Successfully lands on the Yeti, whilst travelling at 30mph.
Onboard camera angle.
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Garlick Helicopter UH-1H

Ep.16.01 Yeti Road Test
A former military Bell UH-1H, refurbished as the Garlick Helicopter UH-1H.
Richard uses it to race a VW Beetle from 1 mile in the air against a Porsche 911 along 1 mile on the ground.
Registration ZS-HGC, Serial 8610.

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Preparing to drop the Beetle.

Various Aircraft

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15s, 17s, and 19s found by the presenters at an abandoned airfield in Albania.

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Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19


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Bellanca 7GCBC-CH7B Citabria

This aircraft attempts to land on a frozen lake 'cleared' of snow by the teams home-made snow plough.
Registration LN-RAR, c/n 1209-80.

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Series 17

English Electric Lightning

Archive footage showing XP749, serial 95177.

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Beech B200 Super King Air

Registration G-BYCP, c/n BB-966 built in 1981.

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Westland SA-341B Gazelle AH.1

Hammond takes this for a joy ride; additional 341s are present at Witham Specialist Vehicles Ltd, awaiting purchase amongst a multitude of other ex-military vehicles.

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Series 19

Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit

Ep. 19.02
Jeremy and James admire the B-2 whilst driving in America.

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Panavia MRCA Tornado

Ep. 19.02

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McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II

Ep. 19.02

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SIAI Marchetti F.260C

Ep. 19.02
Clarkson, May and Hammond race a Lexus, an Aston Martin and a Dodge around Willow Springs Raceway. The aircraft are fitted with laser guns, targeting the cars in a laser tag game.
Registrations: N68FD, serial 306; N61FD, serial 719.

N68FD, closing in on the trio.
N61FD, serial 306.
Two F260s chased the TG trio around a racetrack.

Series 22

Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion

Ep. 22.02

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Boeing Chinook

Ep. 22.02

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Various Aircraft

Ep. 22.02
A Boeing C-17 Globemaster III in the far middle. Some Mil Mi-8/17 helicopters to the right.

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Several AgustaWestland Apache AH1s and some Boeing Chinooks in the distance.

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Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey

Ep. 22.02

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Boeing C-17A Globemaster III

Ep. 22.02
Registration ZZ175, c/n F-185/UK-5 built in 2008.

Reg. ZZ175 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III of the RAF-Royal Air Force.
Reg. ZZ175 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III of the RAF-Royal Air Force.
Reg. ZZ175 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III of the RAF-Royal Air Force.

Series 27

Viking DHC-6-400 Twin Otter

Ep. 27.04
Registration 9M-SSB, c/n 883

Reg. 9M-SSB Viking DHC-6-400 Twin Otter Baram of MASWings.
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Reg. 9M-SSB Viking DHC-6-400 Twin Otter Baram of MASWings.
Reg. 9M-SSB Viking DHC-6-400 Twin Otter Baram of MASWings.

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