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Supermarine Scimitar - Survivor XD235

F.1 XD235 - Tony Collins, Lavendon, Buckinghamshire

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Scimitar F.1 XD235 at Sywell, 17th August 2014; Damien Burke

This is the nose section of XD235. After service with 803 NAS, XD235 was retired to second line duties with the FRU in 1964. By 1989 the aircraft had been dumped on the shooting ranges of Foulness and spent several years being shot at.

Rescued by a collector in 1993, the nose was then acquired by the Southampton Hall of Aviation in 1994. Several instruments were missing from the cockpit (many removed because of the radioactive paint used on the dial faces) and there was also some damage from weapons fire. Restoration was complicated by discovery of two radioactive hotspots - either because of damaged instruments or uranium-tipped shells being used against the aircraft. With the Hall of Aviation's acquisition of a complete Scimitar (XD332), XD235 moved onto a new owner, who then swapped her for Stuart's Buccaneer nose.

Stuart has since sold her on to Tony Collins - and as you can see now, Tony's record of restoration miracles has continued!

Information on this page current as of 02/08/2021, last updated by Jake

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