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Survivor XL503

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XL503 - Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset

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Gannet AEW.3 XL503 at Yeovilton, 25th October 2007; author

Displayed on the superb mockup carrier deck at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, XL503 has been left in the condition it left service in. The grime and staining make it look like a still-active aircraft and certainly make a change from museum exhibits that are either glossy factory-fresh jobs or badly faded! Having the wings folded emphasizes the height of the cockpit - it can't have been much fun climbing up there in poor weather with the carrier pitching and rolling.

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