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Fairey Gannet - Survivor XG888

T.5 XG888 - Australian National Museum of Flight, Nowra, New South Wales, Australia

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Gannet T.5 XG888 at Nowra, July 2002; Bob Lawson

XG888 is a little unusual in that it has made the trip from Britain to Australia more times than most Gannets! Originally manufactured as a T.2, it was delivered to the RAN in that form and served with 816 and 724 Squadrons but was later sold to the RN who returned her to the UK, and then to Fairey who converted it to T.5 status. After that it served with the RN with 849 NAS until retirement at Culdrose in 1978. In recent years an effort to return it to Australia was successful, with the RN donating it to the museum in 1995. The plan was to have it as a flying tribute to the RAN's Gannet force, but sadly this plan has been abandoned.

Information on this page current as of 07/2002, last updated by Damien

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