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Fairey Gannet

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Prototypes

VR546 profile

Type Q VR546, Fairey Aviation, White Waltham, 1949; author
As first flown on 19th September 1949; spin recovery parachute in tube under tail
Overall natural metal

VR557 profile

Type Q VR557, Fairey Aviation, White Waltham, 1950; author
As first flown; radome and arrestor hook added
Early naval scheme of Extra Dark Sea Grey and Sky

WE488 profile

GR.17 WE488, Fairey Aviation, White Waltham, 1952; author
Enlarged wings and weapons bay, finlets and rear cockpit added
Early naval scheme of Extra Dark Sea Grey and Sky

Production Aircraft

WN365 profile

T.2 WN365, Fairey Aviation, White Waltham, 1954; author
As first flown on 16th August 1954; jetpipes extended, radome deleted and periscope added
Early trainer scheme of overall natural metal and yellow bands

WN369 profile

AS.1 WN369, 812 NAS, HMS Eagle, 1956; author
Early AS.1 configuration
Standard naval scheme of Extra Dark Sea Grey and Sky

WN458 profile

AS.1 WN458, 817 NAS, RAN, HMAS Melbourne (Australia), 1956; author
Standard AS.1 configuration; portholes deleted
Standard naval scheme of Extra Dark Sea Grey and Sky

XA457 profile

AS.4 XA457, 825 NAS, RNAS Culdrose, 1957; author
Standard AS.4 configuration
Standard naval scheme of Extra Dark Sea Grey and Sky

UA101 profile

AS.4 UA101, Marinefliegergeschwader 1, Bundesmarine, Schleswig-Jagel (Germany), 1958; author
Standard AS.4 configuration
Standard naval scheme of Extra Dark Sea Grey and Sky

WN345 profile

AS.1 WN345, Armstrong-Siddeley Motors, Bitteswell, 1958; author
Early AS.1 configuration, radar removed, nose modified to hold ASMD.8 Double Mamba 102 (part of AEW.3 development)
Early naval scheme of Extra Dark Sea Grey and Sky

XG785 profile

AS.1 XG785, 816 NAS, RAN, HMAS Melbourne (Australia), circa 1960; author
Standard AS.1 configuration
Standard naval scheme of Extra Dark Sea Grey and Sky

LA17 profile

T.5 LA17, SkwU100, ALRI, Surabaya (Indonesia), 1960; author
Standard T.5 configuration
Early trainer scheme of overall natural metal and yellow bands

WN464 profile

ECM.6 WN464, 831 NAS, RAF Watton, 1964; author
Typical ECM.x configuration; various additional aerials
Standard naval scheme of Extra Dark Sea Grey and Sky

XL481 profile

AEW.3 XL481, 849 NAS, HMS Victorious, 1966; author
Standard AEW.3 configuration; new fuselage with radar, early (slightly smaller) wings, new undercarriage
Standard naval scheme of Extra Dark Sea Grey and Sky

XA466 profile

COD.4 XA466, 849 NAS A Flight, HMS Victorious, 1966; author
Standard COD.4 configuration; radome deleted, various additional aerials
Standard COD scheme of Dark Blue Grey

XG888 profile

T.5 XG888, 849 NAS HQ Flight, RNAS Brawdy, 1969; author
Standard T.5 configuration
Later trainer scheme of overall natural metal with dayglo red bands; replacement engine unit in Sky

XA466 profile

COD.4 XA466, 849 NAS HQ Flight, RNAS Lossiemouth, 1977; author
Standard COD.4 configuration
Standard naval scheme of Extra Dark Sea Grey and Sky (unusual on COD airframe, only kept for around a year)

XL472 profile

AEW.3 XL472, 849 NAS, HMS Ark Royal, 1978; author
Standard AEW.3 configuration
Standard naval scheme of Extra Dark Sea Grey and Sky

12160 profile

AS.4 12160, 880 MR Squadron CAF, CFB Summerside, 1980 (retirement scheme); author
What-if? ...the Canadians had chosen the Gannet instead of the Tracker?
Blue Grey and Light Blue Grey

N1350X/XL482 profile

AEW.3 N1350X/XL482, Hamilton Standard, Windsor Locks (USA), 1983; author
Mostly standard AEW.3 configuration; propeller vibration testbed with instrumentation boom under port wing
Standard naval scheme of Extra Dark Sea Grey and Sky; no wing roundels

XA459 profile

ECM.6 XA459, White Waltham Aerodrome, 2009; author
Typical ECM.x configuration; back at the old home of Fairey Aviation
Mostly faded and weathered standard naval scheme - markings are not authentic, having been applied during this airframe's time at the Wales Aircraft Museum in the 1980s