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Gloster Javelin - Survivor XA564

FAW.1 XA564 - RAF Museum Midlands, RAF Cosford, Shropshire

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Javelin FAW.1 XA564 at RAF Cosford, 21st April 2022; Jake Wallace

With XA553's departure, there is now only a single Mk.1 Javelin left in the UK, which is XA564.

Built around 1952, and was placed on static display at SBAC Farnborough in 1955. Later in the year, XA564 was used for trials and development work, one of them being for the Bristol Olympus engine which was for the Gloster P.370 project, however, this was cancelled in 1957.

2 months later after the cancellation of the P.370, she was used for ground instructional at the No.1 Radio School/Aircraft Apprentice Training School, based at Weston-Super-Mare, being assigned the maintenance number 7464M. 10 years later in 1967, XA564 was moved to the No.2 School of Technical Training at RAF Cosford, and in 1975 she was moved next door to the RAF Museum for static display. The airframe could be seen on display outside for many years until 2004 when she underwent restoration for a couple of years. In 2006, the National Cold War Exhibition hangar was built and XA564 was put undercover, being suspended from the roof.

Information on this page current as of 24/04/2022, last updated by Jake

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