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Survivor XN696

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FAW.2 XN696 - Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum, Flixton, Suffolk

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Sea Vixen FAW.2 XN696 at Newark Air Museum, June 2008; Demobbed

After her service life XN696 spent some years in storage at Farnborough, before being scrapped and the nose saved by Cliff Aldred at Walpole. She survived the scrapping in excellent condition - the only missing instrument is the cockpit clock - but Cliff's big problem was that the radome hinges were cut through instead of being removed correctly. Happily it looks like new owners - the Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum - have figured out a solution to this problem, and also repainted the whole nose section in an attractive test squadron scheme.

Information on this page current as of June 2008

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