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Fairey Gannet


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Gannet sunset; John Eacott

The Gannet hasn't done too badly in retirement, with examples of each variant still to be found and even the possibility of up to three flying examples at some point in the future. The airframe, being designed for carrier landings, is tough and extensive anti-corrosion features help it survive in the open air at museums. None of the prototypes survived; neither did any of the prototypes of the competing Blackburn or Shorts designs.

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Complete aircraft

SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XA331AS.1Queensland Air Museum, Caloundra, Queensland, Australia16/03/2009
XA334AS.1Camden Museum of Aviation, Narellan, New South Wales, Australia
XA434AS.1Australian National Museum of Flight, Nowra, New South Wales, Australia24/06/2010
XG789AS.1Air Museum, Moorabbin, Victoria, Australia29/03/2009
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XA508T.2Midland Air Museum, Coventry Airport, Warwickshire24/05/2016
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XL450AEW.3Luftwaffenmuseum, Hermeskeil, Germany16/03/2009
XL472AEW.3Horizon Aircraft Services (spares use), MoD St. Athan, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales12/08/2014
XL482 (ex N1350X)AEW.3Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson, Arizona, USA01/02/2012
XL497AEW.3Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland29/03/2009
XL500 (G-KAEW)AEW.3Horizon Aircraft Services (restoration to fly), MoD St. Athan, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales12/08/2014
XL502 (ex G-BMYP)AEW.3Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, Yorkshire26/04/2012
XL503AEW.3Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset16/03/2009
XP226AEW.3Newark Air Museum, Winthorpe, Nottinghamshire16/03/2009
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AS-00AS.4Museum Pusat TNI - Satria Mandala (Armed Forces Central Museum), Jakarta, Indonesia
'AS-00' (actually AS-07)AS.4Lanudal Juanda NAS Museum, Surabaya, Indonesia29/03/2009
S-105 (AS-05)AS.4Bumi Moro Naval Academy, Surabaya, Indonesia
'UA106' (really UA110, ex XG840)AS.4Luftwaffenmuseum, Berlin-Gatow, Germany29/03/2009
UA112 (ex XG852)AS.4Technik Museum Speyer, Germany29/03/2009
UA113 (ex XG853)AS.4Aeronauticum Nordholz, Germany30/03/2009
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XA466COD.4Fleet Air Arm Museum (stored), RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset16/03/2009
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XG882 (composite with XA463 and XG889)T.5Privately owned (derelict), Errol Airfield, Tayside, Scotland29/03/2009
XG883T.5Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Woodley, Berkshire29/03/2009
XG888T.5Australian National Museum of Flight, Nowra, New South Wales, Australia07/2002
XT752 (N752XT, ex G-APYO, WN365)T.5Shannan Odone (flyer), New Richmond Regional Airport, Wisconsin, USA04/07/2014
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XA459ECM.6Privately owned (stored), White Waltham Airfield, Berkshire29/03/2009
XA460ECM.6Ulster Aviation Society, Long Kesh, Lisburn, Northern Ireland12/08/2014
XG797ECM.6Imperial War Museum, Duxford Airfield, Cambridgeshire29/03/2009
XG831ECM.6Davidstow Airfield & Cornwall at War Museum, Davidstow, Cornwall16/03/2009

Nose/cockpit/other sections

SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
N/ASimulatorThe Aeroplane Collection, Hooton Park Airfield, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire07/08/2012
UnknownSimulatorDunkeswell Memorial Museum, Dunkeswell Aerodrome, Devon
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WN411AS.1Privately owned, Southampton, Hampshire
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XL449AEW.3Parkhouse Aviation, Blackwater, Hampshire