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de Havilland Sea Vixen - Survivor XN696

FAW.2 XN696 - North East Land Sea & Air Museum, Sunderland Airport, Tyne & Wear

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Sea Vixen FAW.2 XN696 at North East Land Sea & Air Museum, 26th June 2022; Adam Poultney

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 was the cockpit clock - but Cliff's biggest problem was that the radome hinges were cut through instead of being removed correctly. Happily, this was later fixed with the Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum. In 2007, the cockpit moved on to a new owner who had it on display at the Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum where a repaint into the attractive test squadron scheme was undertaken.

In 2011, the cockpit moved to the North East Land Sea & Air Museum (NELSAM) where she was repainted back into her Royal Navy colours. Although XN696 is in the museum, she is fairly well tucked away and can be difficult to view.

Information on this page current as of 27/06/2022, last updated by Jake

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