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Fairey Gannet

Survivor XG831

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XG831 - Davidstow Airfield & Cornwall at War Museum, Davidstow, Cornwall

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Gannet ECM.6 XG831 at Flambards, April 16th 2000; Paul Burton

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 when I visited some years ago - the cockpit was substantially complete, though the glazings 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! Still, it looks like she's found a good home and hopefully she can be put undercover at some point in the future.

Information on this page current as of 16/03/2009

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