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

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Sea Hawk FGA.6 WV798 at Lasham, 9th September 2007; Richard E Flagg

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 bought by Parkhouse Aviation in 2010 where WV798 moved to and went into storage. In July 2012, she was purchased by the Newquay Aviation Heritage Centre where she has undergone a full restoration and repaint, and now looks brand new compared to the condition of her when she was at Lasham.

Information on this page current as of 18/12/2021, last updated by Jake

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