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Hawker Sea Hawk - Survivor WV826

FGA.6 WV826 - Malta Aviation Museum, Ta' Qali, Malta

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Sea Hawk FGA.6 WV826 at Malta, August 2014; Daren Eaton

The collapse of the Cardiff Air Museum resulted in a number of the aircraft there moving elsewhere in the UK. Many came to Bruntingthorpe and WV826 (wearing the serial of WV906 - the museum at Cardiff had a habit of inappropriate paint schemes for its aircraft) was one of them. Unfortunately many were in such poor condition they were scrapped, usually with the nose section saved. Thankfully this Sea Hawk has avoided that fate, though it was probably only being kept for spares use for WV795 - Kennet Aviation at Cranfield had a look at restoring WV795 to flying condition but this fell through, and WV826 returned to Bruntingthorpe.

In summer 1999 she left the UK entirely and is now with the Aviation Museum on sunny Malta, where she's been restored to stunning display condition in a correct paint scheme and is kept undercover out of the elements.

Information on this page current as of 04/08/2021, last updated by Jake

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