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XJ482 - Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum, Flixton, Suffolk

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Sea Vixen FAW.1 XJ482 at Flixton, 29th July 2017; author

One of only two complete FAW.1s left in existence, XJ482 was the ninth production aircraft and first flew on 2nd September 1958, entering service with 700Y Flight trials unit at Yeovilton in November that year. She was returned to the manufacturer for cold chamber trials in early 1959. She then went on to serve with 766 NAS, sometimes used as lead aircraft in the "Fred's Five" aerobatic team. Withdrawn from use in 1967, she became a ground instructional airframe at Lee-on-Solent's Air Engineering School, and then moved to Hurn for trials with a universal drone pack as part of the D.3 drone conversion programme. In March 1974 she moved to the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, and was then acquired by the Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Society in November 1979. She's in pretty good condition, having been repainted in recent years.

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