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Gloster Javelin - Survivor XA699

FAW.5 XA699 - Midland Air Museum, Coventry Airport, Warwickshire

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Javelin FAW.5 XA699 at Midland Air Museum, 14th May 2022; Jake Wallace

Built in the year 1957 here at Baginton, XA699 served with 151 and 5 Squadrons at Leuchars and Laarbruch respectively. The height of the cold war saw XA699 as part of Laarbruch's Battle Flight - ready to respond to Warsaw Pact incursions within minutes, day or night.

When the FAW.9 entered service, XA699 was retired to Shawbury and then moved to Cosford by road for maintenance use. In 1983 the Midland Air Museum acquired the aircraft and it was undergoing on/off restoration for some time - initially by the local ATC Squadron who got as far as doing some painting, and with the help of museum volunteer Mark Howard a repaint was completed and the cockpit refitted!

Today, XA699 can be seen undergoing another repaint which will hopefully look great once finished!

Information on this page current as of 16/05/2022, last updated by Jake

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