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Hawker Sea Hawk - Survivor XE368

FGA.6 XE368 - Classic British Jets Collection (stored), Lubenham, Leicestershire

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Sea Hawk FGA.6 XE368 at Lubenham, 10th April 2022; Damien Burke

XE368, another FGA.6, resided at the Flambards Village Theme Park in Helston for many years. As the aircraft collection at Flambards slowly shrank, XE368 moved on to pastures new and was stored at Bruntingthorpe for some years from late 2002. A full restoration began in 2004, with the hope that she'd be put on public display in due course, but she was instead sold to Paul Rose who transported her to Cumbria in 2006. She was destined to be part of the nascent Walney Aviation Heritage Museum, and stored at Barrow Port. Sadly, Associated British Ports decided they didn't want a piece of British naval history cluttering up their port, and threatened to remove it with a JCB.

In October of 2020, the Classic British Jets Collection (based at Bruntingthorpe) rescued the airframe, and transported her to a storage location in Lubenham, awaiting her turn to be restored. She's in pretty poor condition overall, with lots of corrosion and exfoliation evident and her cockpit is open to the elements.

Information on this page current as of 10/04/2022, last updated by Damien

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