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Hawker Sea Hawk - Survivor WV798

FGA.6 WV798 - Privately owned, Unknown location

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Sea Hawk FGA.6 WV798 at Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre, 8th October 2022; Jake Wallace

WV798 served with 787, 803, and 801 NAS before transfer to second-line duties with the Fleet Requirements Unit (FRU, later FRADU).

Retired to instructional airframe duties at Culdrose before preservation at Lasham. The all-black paint wasn't some unusual airshow paint scheme, but was the scheme worn by Sea Hawks in the service of the Fleet Requirements and Air Direction Unit (FRADU). Unfortunately, this Sea Hawk wasn't doing very well for several years, with its paint starting to fade, the cockpit was practically gutted and the decking behind the canopy was missing. The museum folded with most of the airframes being bought by Parkhouse Aviation in 2010, whereas WV798 moved to Brooker where it was placed into storage.

In July 2012, she was acquired by the Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre (CAHC) based in Newquay. After her arrival, WV798 underwent a restoration project, including a repaint, and now looks like a brand new airframe when compared to her condition when at Lasham.

After CAHC sadly closed in 2023, WV798 was acquired by a private individual relocating from CAHC in mid-2023. At the time of writing, the airframe's current status and whereabouts are unknown.

Information on this page current as of 05/08/2023, last updated by Jake

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