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Survivor XE340

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XE340 - Montrose Air Station Museum, Montrose, Tayside, Scotland

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Sea Hawk FGA.6 XE340 at Montrose, 28th May 2000; Bob Lawson

This is the second Sea Hawk to carry the number "131" with 802 Squadron RNAS, the first being lost by fire on take-off from HMS Albion in late 1956. XE340 flew with 802 Squadron from 1957 aboard HMS Ark Royal with the CO as pilot. On disposal it went to the now defunct Strathallan Museum and then to the RN Air Station at Montrose. The fuselage is almost complete with the exception of the cannon packs but the cockpit, which is opened (weather permitting) for display, has no instrument
panel and one of the side screens is badly cracked - unfortunately many items were stolen between the time the Strathallan Museum closed and the Montrose Museum got hold of her . The Museum has obtained a quantity of replacement items with a view to repainting and refurbishing her, and they intend to construct a storage building on site where XE340 and other aircraft at the museum can be worked on. The limiting factor, as usual, being time and money.

Find other photos of XE340 on the following sites:

Air-Britain - Airliners.net - Airplane-Pictures.net - flickr.com - WorldAirPics.com - JetPhotos.net - PlanePictures.net