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FAW.2 XJ607 - Queensland Air Museum, Caloundra Aerodrome, Queensland, Australia

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Sea Vixen FAW.2 XJ607 at Caloundra, 22nd April 2006; Ron Cuskelly/Queensland Air Museum

The Queensland Air Museum at Caloundra is home not only to the only full example of a Sea Vixen in the Southern hemisphere, it also has the only Sea Vixen nose down there! XJ607 looks to be in excellent condition though I don't know what it's like internally. XJ607 first flew in 1960 as an FAW.1 and served with 893, 890 and 899 NAS before conversion to FAW.2 standard. After that it saw service with 893, 892, 766 and finally 890 NAS before retirement to ground instructional duties at RAF Cranwell in 1971. By 1980 she had moved to Cosford and was disposed of in poor condition in 1987. After some attempts at restoration the airframe was finally scrapped near Dunsfold in 1996, with QAM purchasing the nose section and transporting it to Australia in 1997, intending to use it for spares for their full Sea Vixen. However they had a change of heart and instead restored it for use as a travelling exhibit to help promote the Museum. Bizarrely it seems some of the bits from the scrapping were buried - a tail boom from XJ607 was recently unearthed on a farm some miles away from Dunsfold!

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