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Hawker Sea Hawk - Survivor WV798

FGA.6 WV798 - Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre, RAF St. Mawgan, Cornwall

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Sea Hawk FGA.6 WV798 at Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre, 30th March 2022; Mike Overs

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 based in Newquay. After arrival, WV798 underwent a restoration project, including a repaint, and now looks brand new compared to her condition when she was at Lasham.

Information on this page current as of 22/06/2022, last updated by Jake

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