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FGA.6 XE327 - Luftfahrtausstellung Museum, Hermeskeil, Germany

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Sea Hawk FGA.6 XE327 at Hermeskeil, 20th October 2016; Richard E Flagg

A long-time member of the Trout Lake Air Force, XE327 left Kings Langley for Bruntingthorpe in August 1999 and was repainted by the new owner soon afterwards. The colours weren't right when seen at the September 99 Cold War Jets Open Day at Bruntingthorpe, but better painted the wrong colour than left to rot - the harsh winter of 2000/2001 had dulled down the colours even further.

However, as seems to be the case with all Sea Hawks that arrive at Bruntingthorpe, she's moved on to a new owner - the museum at Hermeskeil in Germany. Here the aircraft has not only been on shocks to stop it moving in high wind but is tided down to two large cockpit blocks sat by the main under carriage as well! The aircraft is in pretty good condition considering all the time spent outdoors though there is a fair bit of corrosion to be found; the cockpit has suffered from the ingress of water and the canopy has clouded.

Information on this page current as of 14/06/2021, last updated by Jake

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