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

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Sea Vixen FAW.2 XN696 at Usworth, 27th August 2013; Richard E Flagg

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 the owners - the Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum - had figured out a solution to this problem, and also repainted the whole nose section in an attractive test squadron scheme.

The cockpit has since under taken a large restoration in 2013 plus a repaint into original colours as seen above.

Information on this page current as of 02/08/2021, last updated by Jake

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