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Survivor XP226

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XP226 - Newark Air Museum, Winthorpe, Nottinghamshire

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Gannet AEW.3 XP226 at Newark, 13th March 2008; author

XP226 may look faded but she's in pretty good condition, with only minor corrosion to be found despite almost continual display outdoors at the Newark Air Museum, and previously as the gate guard at HMS Dryad (at Southwick near Portsmouth). The red/blue tactical roundel was brought into use on the Gannets in the last years of their lives, quite unusual considering that the FAA's Phantoms kept full colour roundels, and the Sea Harriers introduced soon after the Gannet's retirement went with full colour roundels too. Now Newark's new hangar has been erected, XP226 has been moved indoors so hopefully her condition can be improved in the near future.

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