de Havilland Sea Vixen
"A pilot's dream but an observer's nightmare."
- Brian Fiddler
de Havilland's hugely charismatic twin-boomed carrier-based interceptor was another
aircraft rescued by the Royal Navy from RAF indifference. With development stretched out by
government dithering and the horror of the DH-110 Farnborough airshow disaster, the Sea Vixen
was never at the cutting edge when introduced to service but remained a formidable opponent
for Soviet bombers. It was also a useful multi-role aircraft, able to strike and recce ground
Read on for the history of the Sea Vixen.