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FAW.9 XH903 - Jet Age Museum, Meteor Business Park, Gloucester, Gloucestershire

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Javelin FAW.9 XH903 at Staverton, 2nd January 2006; Francis Wallace

Delivered as an FAW.7 to 19 MU at RAF St. Athan in early 1959, XH903 served with 23 Squadron at RAF Coltishall and RAF Horsham St. Faith. After only a year of service the aircraft was converted initially to an FAW.8 but became an FAW.9 by the time it was returned to RAF service in 1961. 903 saw further service with 33, 29 and 5 Squadrons until retirement in late 1965. Allocated as a gate guard for RAF Innsworth in 1967, she remained there until the early 1990s when 903 was replaced by a Meteor and the nearby Jet Age Museum acquired the aircraft. Progress on XH903 appeared slow but in 2003 a major boost was given with RIAT wanting the aircraft as part of the '100 years of flight' exhibition. Quickly reassembled and cosmetically restored, the aircraft was one of the stars of the static display. Since moved back to Staverton, she is now on display near the airport cafe.

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