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de Havilland Sea Vixen - Survivor XN651

FAW.2 XN651 - Tony Collins, Lavendon, Buckinghamshire

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Sea Vixen FAW.2 XN651 at Newark Air Museum - Cockpit-fest , 28th August 2021; Jake Wallace

Stored out of public view for some time, the nose of XN651 was bought by BARG in early 2001 and was on display in their hangar/garage at the historic Bletchley Park (home to the now famous codebreakers of WWII). XN651 is remarkably complete considering it's former use in the School of Aircraft Handling, with almost all the radar intact. The cockpits are missing some bits and pieces, notably seats and pilot's instrument panel.

She was then acquired by Tony Collins who was completing her restoration and already has the panel sorted out, but is still missing a few instruments plus the observer's radar screen and boot.

The photo above shows XN651 on display at cockpit-fest 2021, sadly some of the perspex has started turning cloudy, but looks really smart with its rather recent paint job.

Information on this page current as of 29/08/2021, last updated by Jake

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