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Survivor XP226

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AEW.3 XP226 - Newark Air Museum, Winthorpe, Nottinghamshire

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Gannet AEW.3 XP226 at Newark Air Museum, 29th December 2018; Jake Wallace

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 was moved indoors around 2009 so hopefully her condition could be improved. Unfortunately since 2009 she has now been moved back outdoors, battling the elements once again! XP226 looks like she is in some need for some love and attention.

Information on this page current as of 07/12/2020, last updated by Damien

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