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FAW(TT).2 XS587 - Gatwick Aviation Museum (potential runner), Charlwood, Surrey

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Sea Vixen FAW(TT).2 XS587 at Gatwick Aviation Museum, 26th June 2021; Jake Wallace

XS587 was built as an FAW.2 and served with 899 NAS. After frontline service she was converted to drone/target tug (FAW(TT).2) configuration. As a result, she carries a colourful paint scheme of white and red topsides and yellow and black striped undersides. She also has a fin flash, very rare for a Sea Vixen.

Once retired, Mike Carlton bought her with the intention of flying her in civilian hands as G-VIXN, but on his death the project came to an end and she was sold to Peter Vallance to join his impressive collection near Gatwick Airport. She's the only target tug Sea Vixen left so there's one reason at least to visit the collection and help keep the local council from closing the place down.

Over the past few years the museum has sadly thinned out it's collection, however, this was to make room for the new building to house the smaller airframes. In 2017, the museum's hangar was complete and XS587 could finally go undercover! There are plans in the future to restore most of the airframes at the museum including XS587 at some point. Although the aircraft doesn't run on a regular basis, it definitely has the potential to run again after a bit of TLC.

Information on this page current as of 29/06/2021, last updated by Jake

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