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Hawker Sea Hawk - Survivor WF225

F.2 WF225 - HMS Sea Hawk (gate guard), RNAS Culdrose, Helston, Cornwall

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Sea Hawk F.2 WF225 at RNAS Culdrose, 26th March 2018; Richard E Flagg

Above is a most appropriate gate guard - a Sea Hawk for HMS Sea Hawk, the naval establishment at RNAS Culdrose near Helston in Cornwall.

WF225 was delivered to the Royal Navy in 1953, and made its retirement into Culdrose in 1958, where she was placed on display and where she still remains today, which makes this airframe possibly the longest-serving gate guard in the country! The airframe is, to this day, in good cosmetic condition, receiving a repaint in the 1990s certainly helped. The canopy has been painted silver to give some measure of protection from UV damage to the perspex and to the cockpit interior - and no doubt this paint is also to help hide any sins! The paint is starting to look a little faded in areas, but is holding up well to the elements!

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