Thunder & Lightnings

Gloster Javelin - Survivors

Preserved Javelin XA699 at Coventry
Preserved Javelin XA699 at Coventry; author

Despite a decent production run (by British standards), and though a respectable number of examples were preserved for a while as gate guards (at RAF stations Acklington, Hartlebury, Innsworth, Leeming, Manston, Stafford, Swanton Morley, Swinderby, Ternhill, West Raynham and Yatesbury), the closure of many stations more often than not led to the Javelin being scrapped (if it had not already been replaced by another type on the gate). As a consequence very few now remain in existence, though thankfully they all seem to have secure futures (though I would not count anything on the gate at an RAF establishment as particularly secure judging by the past record of Javelin gate guards - indeed the very last example of an FAW.2 in existence was scrapped not so long ago, and RAF Stafford upgraded their gate guard to a Harrier GR.3).

The list here is compiled from a number of sources, with particular credit to Ken Ellis' Wrecks & Relics (16th edition) and Otger van der Kooij's European Wrecks & Relics (2nd edition). Please comment on any individual survivor entry you feel requires an update!

Complete aircraft

SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XA564FAW.1RAF Museum Midlands, RAF Cosford, Shropshire24/04/2022
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XA634FAW.4Privately owned, Binbrook. Lincolnshire02/10/2022
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XA699FAW.5Midland Air Museum, Coventry Airport, Warwickshire16/05/2022
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XH992FAW.8Newark Air Museum, Winthorpe, Nottinghamshire19/10/2021
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'XH707' (really XH768)FAW.9Museo dell'Aviazione, Cerbaiola, near Rimini, Italy15/04/2024
XH767FAW.9Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, Yorkshire25/09/2023
XH897FAW.9Imperial War Museum, Duxford Airfield, Cambridgeshire05/08/2021
XH903FAW.9Jet Age Museum, Meteor Business Park, Gloucester, Gloucestershire01/07/2024
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XH892FAW.9RNorfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum, Flixton, Suffolk02/06/2022

Nose/cockpit/other sections

SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XA553FAW.1Scrapped, Cape Town International Airport, South Africa28/04/2024
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XH783FAW.7Catford Independent Air Force, Catford, Greater London10/07/2021
XH837FAW.7Caernarfon Airworld, Caernarfon Aerodrome, Gwynedd, Wales02/06/2022