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

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Javelin FAW.5 XA699 at Baginton, 20th April 2013; Richard E Flagg

Built in 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 has been undergoing on/off restoration for some time - initially by the local ATC Squadron who got as far as doing some painting, but in more recent times the real progress has been made by museum volunteer Mark Howard. My last visit found her repaint to be complete, and the cockpit also refitted - nice one Mark!

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