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XP925 - Privately owned, Stoneykirk, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

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Sea Vixen FAW.2 XP925 at Haslemere, December 1999; Kevin Burchett

First flown on 14th October 1963, she was delivered to a holding unit at Brawdy on 14th November of that year, but landed just short of the runway causing some damage to her underside and flaps. After repair she was issued to 899 NAS at Yeovilton in April 1964 and spent most of her frontline career with them. On retirement from frontline service she moved to Airwork/FRU (still at Yeovilton) and later FRADU. She finished off her flying days with Flight Refuelling at Tarrant Rushton and in January 1976 was transported by road to Farnborough for storage. She was scrapped during June 1984, with the cockpit section being retained for training purposes by the fire service. Donated to 1268 Squadron ATC by the DRA at Farnborough in December 1994, by then she had been on the airfield fire pit for a number of years and was a completely gutted shell. The first headache was to find enough of the parts required to make the restoration project feasible. With this done they now had what amounted to a 1/1 scale Airfix kit with no instructions and little glue. The learning curve would make a roller coaster ride look tame, but good, steady progress was made. The Sea Vixen Preservation Group was formed and they joined the British Aviation Preservation Council; sadly all too soon she appeared on eBay and was sold in 2013, moving to Chorley in Lancashire, and popping up on eBay again in 2016. She's now with a private owner in Stoneykirk - updates welcome!

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