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Gloster Javelin - Survivor XH767

FAW.9 XH767 - Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, Yorkshire

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Javelin FAW.9 XH767 at Yorkshire Air Museum, 23rd September 2023; Jake Wallace

XH767 was built at Hucclecote and began her flying career with 25 Squadron at RAF Waterbeach in December 1959, but was transferred to 11 Squadron at RAF Geilenkirchen in Germany only days later. Moving on to 228 OCU at RAF Binbrook in May 1965, XH767 was retired in 1967 and issued to 187 ATC at Worcester that summer.

After display at the Avon Aviation Museum at Monkton, she finally moved to Horsham St. Faith in 1992. 23 Squadron were based at RAF Horsham St. Faith (now Norwich Airport), and it was in their colours that XH767 was displayed at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum. XH767 had been looking rather decrepit for some time but in 1998 and 1999 she was repainted and looked much better for it. No engines are in the aircraft and the cockpits are rather sparse but apart from that she is in fairly decent condition.

After all that effort, she moved to the Yorkshire Air Museum and spent some time in 2007 at RAF Leeming being repainted before returning to Elvington and going on external display. As you can see in the 2013 photo, she looked rather unloved back then, and since then appears to have been relegated to external storage rather than display, seen sitting behind the hangar in the corner, becoming greener by the day. Fingers crossed, she will be able to receive the love and attention she deserves in the near future...

Information on this page current as of 25/09/2023, last updated by Jake

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