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Survivor XD332

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XD332 - Solent Sky (stored), Timsbury, Hampshire

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Scimitar F.1 XD332 at Timsbury, 10th November 2007; Dave Windsor

In contrast, XD332 which served with 804 NAS from March 1960 to September 1961, then 807 NAS until May 1962 followed by time in 736 NAS (training squadron) until 1965 when it passed to 764B NAS (training Airwork's civilian pilots). Went into storage at RNAY Fleetlands and then moved onto the School of Aircraft Handling at RNAS Culdrose. Disposed to the Cornwall Aero Park at the end of its useful life and has been there many years and had been rather neglected of late. She had her wings unfolded and was out in the open air, though looked to be in generally good condition... however, the perspex of the canopy has crazed and the refuelling probe showed signs of corrosion. Happily though, she was acquired by the Southampton Hall of Aviation (now Solent Sky) as part of their policy of collecting Supermarine types and was restored to good cosmetic condition to take part in the '100 years of flight' exhibition put on at RIAT 2003. She has since been put into open storage near Timsbury Manor in Timsbury because the museum doesn't have the room to display her yet - shame the car warrants some cover, yet XD332 doesn't! Please note that the storage location is on private property, and not open to the public.

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