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Hawker Sea Hawk - Survivor WV838

FGA.6 WV838 - Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum, Flixton, Suffolk

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Sea Hawk FGA.6 WV838 at Newark, 20th June 2011; Damien Burke

This Sea Hawk is WV838, which would make it an FGA.4 - one of only two remaining Mk.4s in fact... only thing is, previous owner Roy Coates found documentation to say it was converted to an FGA.6! She only ever flew 212 hours and was initially attached to 802 Naval Air Squadron on HMS Eagle.

After a take-off accident at Lossiemouth, she was considered beyond economical repair and sold for scrap. Languishing for many years in Flowers scrapyard in Chippenham, dismantled into sections, she was sold at an auction to Phoenix Aviation at Bruntingthorpe, who used it for a few spares and scrapped the other parts of the airframe - what there was of it, which wasn't much!

The nose, however, was saved and Roy Coates took her own and began restoring her. She is now resplendent in her original 802 NAS colour scheme but after reportedly acquiring a fuselage and some wings to make her into a complete airframe, Roy sold the nose to Jon Howard in 2008.

Jon intended to begin an in-depth rebuild, but instead sold her in 2011 to a new owner. She's seen here on display at the 2011 Cockpitfest event and has since been acquired by the Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum where she is now on display.

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

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