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Supermarine Scimitar

Survivor WT859

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WT859 - Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, Old Sarum Airfield, Wiltshire

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Type 544 WT859 at Old Sarum, 19th August 2018; author

This is last remaining part of any of the Scimitar prototypes - the nose section of WT859. Having spent many a year on a fire dump, the fuselage was the only surviving part of the aircraft and was in the process of being scrapped at Foulness in 1991 when it was recognised for what it was and the nose section saved, though it was quite damaged. The Brooklands Museum acquired it and hoped to restore it to display condition - but it just sat there for several years, untouched and being battered by the weather. Then it moved on to the JAPG at Long Marston for some further neglect and finally ended up at Boscombe Down - where it met with some loving care and attention at long last, and has now been returned to her former glory.

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