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WV910 - Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, Old Sarum Airfield, Wiltshire

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Sea Hawk FGA.4 WV910 at Old Sarum, 19th August 2018; author

This somewhat anonymous cockpit section is thought to be WV910, an FGA.4 but absolute proof is hard to come by. WV910 flew with the Empire Test Pilots School at Boscombe Down until 1958/59 and on retirement was converted into a calibration trainer with the internals ripped out and a more basic instrument panel installed with instruments to display control forces and enable test pilots to judge stick forces instinctively in future. She served this purpose until 1991 and is now part of the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection. She's in excellent condition externally - quite the impressive restoration effort since I saw a much less complete nose section back in 2000! The cockpit interior is another matter - that's been left in her stick force trainer setup, with a very basic panel and just about everything else removed.

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