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Fairey Gannet - Survivor XG831

ECM.6 XG831 - Davidstow Airfield & Cornwall at War Museum, Davidstow, Cornwall

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Gannet ECM.6 XG831 at Davidstow Moor, 13th October 2020; Alan Allen

This Gannet was one of the last of the shrinking collection of aircraft to be found at the Flambards triple theme park near Helston in Cornwall - just down the road from RNAS Culdrose. While faded the aircraft appeared to be in good condition - the cockpit was substantially complete, though the glazing's were slowly becoming opaque. However the time had come for her to leave and the owners made an offer to give her away to a good home.

After some months that offer was finally taken up and she left Helston in February 2008 to make the journey to what was once Davidstow airfield. Sadly, due to time and financial constraints, her wings were cut off about half-way along the inner (fixed) section rather than being correctly dismantled, which rather complicated the process of putting her back together again.
The aircraft has since been repainted and is now undercover at last and seems to still be in fairly good condition!

Information on this page current as of 05/08/2021, last updated by Jake

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