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Survivor XJ476

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XJ476 - Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, Old Sarum Airfield, Wiltshire

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Sea Vixen FAW.1 XJ476 at Solent Sky, 18th April 2007; Boscombe Down Aviation Collection

This nose section is from FAW.1 XJ476 and was to be found at Solent Sky, but has since been placed on long term loan to the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection. Used as a sit-in exhibit, it had had a few instruments removed and some of the perspex from the canopy was gone too but otherwise it was in very good condition considering the amount of [ab]use it got. Ex-RAF man overheard talking to his wife about the Sea Vixen - 'You can tell it's a naval aircraft, it looks a shambles. All naval aircraft do!' BDAC have carried out some refurbishment. XJ476 was used for various weapons trials by the A&AEE, including Martel missile trials (hence the unusual radome with camera fairing underneath).

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