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de Havilland Sea Vixen - Survivor XJ579

FAW.2 XJ579 - Midland Air Museum, Coventry Airport, Warwickshire

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Sea Vixen FAW.2 XJ579 at Midland Air Museum, 14th May 2022; Jake Wallace

XJ579 served with 766 and 899 NAS, then went to DTEO Llanbedr. She was later transferred to the A&AEE and finally ended up in-store at Farnborough, where she was scrapped and stripped for spare parts, the nose section going to the Midland Air Museum.

Here, the section was restored to superb condition with having the shark's mouth painted on it. The cockpits are occasionally opened to allow members of the public to experience sitting in a Sea Vixen as it is at a much more accessible height than the museum's complete Sea Vixen XN685. In May 2022, she was, albeit crammed in, undercover with both cockpits open allowing them to be aired.

Information on this page current as of 16/05/2022, last updated by Jake

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