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D.3 XS577 - Privately owned, Chantel St Denis, Switzerland

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Sea Vixen D.3 XS577 at Chantel St Denis, 23rd August 2002; Alan Allen

A Sea Vixen that served rather different purposes in later life was XS577; converted from FAW.2 to D.3 standard and used for training drone pilots, it was operated for only a short time and then stored. In 1996 she was bought by Phoenix Aviation and scrapped, with the nose section kept by at Bruntingthorpe, but not on public display. The cockpits were lacking ejector seats and many instruments etc. were missing so it needed a lot of restoration before being useful as a public exhibit - while work had started, it has since moved on to a collector in Switzerland, and nothing has been heard of progress since.

Photo above shows the cockpit in good condition back in 2002.

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

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