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Survivor XN650

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XN650 - Privately owned, Spanhoe Airfield, Northamptonshire

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Sea Vixen FAW.2 XN650 at Bruntingthorpe, 9th May 2008; author

XN650 was built as an FAW.1 and first flew in 1961, serving with 893 NAS initially then later 892 NAS. Converted to an FAW.2 in 1965 she went back to service with 892 NAS. Unlike many FAW.2 conversions, XN650 was never given the bulged observer hatch modification. XN650 was the lead ship in the Simons' Sircus formation display team during 1968 and ended frontline service as a station hack at RNAY Belfast before becoming a ground instructional airframe at the School of Aircraft Handling at RNAS Culdrose. She was sold to the aircraft museum at Cardiff Airport in 1979 and clung on to life there until 1996 when she was scrapped. The nose section was saved and has had a number of owners since then; its longest stay on public display was while at Bruntingthorpe but it has now moved on once more to Spanhoe.

Information on this page current as of 13/01/2011

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