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de Havilland Sea Vixen - Survivor XN650

FAW.2 XN650 - Privately owned, Spanhoe Airfield, Northamptonshire

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Sea Vixen FAW.2 XN650 at Spanhoe, 7th October 2010; Richard E Flagg

XN650 was built as an FAW.1 and first flew in 1961, serving with 893 NAS initially then later 892 NAS. Converted to an FAW.2 in 1965 she went back to service with 892 NAS. Unlike many FAW.2 conversions, XN650 was never given the bulged observer hatch modification. XN650 was the lead ship in the Simons' Sircus formation display team during 1968 and ended frontline service as a station hack at RNAY Belfast before becoming a ground instructional airframe at the School of Aircraft Handling at RNAS Culdrose.

She was sold to the Wales Aircraft Museum in 1979 where it clung on to life there until 1996 when she was scrapped when the museum folded. The nose section was saved and has had a number of owners since then; its longest stay on public display was while at Bruntingthorpe but it has now moved on once more to Spanhoe where it still is today.

Information on this page current as of 09/05/2022, last updated by Jake

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