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FGA.6 WV795 - Dunsfold Park, Dunsfold Aerodrome, Surrey

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Sea Hawk FGA.6 WV795 at Dunsfold Aerodrome, 26th June 2021; Nigel Roling

This is WV795. Exhibited in the open for some years at Bruntingthorpe, this took its toll on the paintwork but in October 1998 she moved on from Bruntingthorpe (along with 'WV906') to Kennet Aviation at Cranfield, who hoped to fly her. The plan fell through; 'WV906' returned to Brunty but WV795 stayed put - and had a new paint job applied.

There was talk of continuing with a cosmetic restoration and using the aircraft as a gate guard by Kennet's hangars, but she then moved back to Bruntingthorpe for several years before being bought by FAS and moved to Farnborough.

By 2006 she had been acquired by Dunsfold Park and moved back 'home' to Dunsfold (Hawkers old base of course) and is to be part of their planned heritage centre. In terms of appearance she hasn't changed much since being at Bruntingthorpe other than gaining only a couple of playing card markings on the nose which can be seen in the above photo.

Today, the aircraft seems to be in a decent condition displayed just inside the gate to the Aerodrome. The canopy has now started to turn cloudy and paint work is fading.

Information on this page current as of 03/07/2021, last updated by Jake

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