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XK488 - Fleet Air Arm Museum (stored), RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset

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NA.39 XK488 at Yeovilton, 25th October 2007; author

The Fleet Air Arm Museum's XK488 used to be the first thing any visitor there saw as she was positioned outside the museum entrance. However, she's now been moved to the storage hangar and is due some TLC. Wearing the blue and white NA.39 prototype scheme, the long nose probe also gives you a good idea as to this aircraft's use in development - in fact, she was the third prototype and was assigned to De Havilland Engines for development work on the Gyron Junior engines used in the Mk.1 Buccaneers. They've actually taken out XK488's engines so if you went round the back you could see right through the engine bays and out the front - so that dodgy model kit you built when you were ten years old wasn't entirely wrong!

Information on this page current as of 24/10/2008

Find other photos of XK488 on the following sites:

Air-Britain - Airliners.net - Airplane-Pictures.net - flickr.com - WorldAirPics.com - JetPhotos.net - PlanePictures.net - Blackburn-Buccaneer.co.uk