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K.2 XL190 - RAF Manston History Museum, London Manston Airport, Kent

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Victor K.2 XL190 at Manston, 1st September 2001; Damien Burke

XL190 sat at RAF St. Mawgan for many years after retirement and was put up for auction in February 1998. Bought by the Imperial Aviation Group, supposedly for a full restoration to at least ground-running condition, when the directors of the group were arrested for fraud, the sale collapsed. In January 1999 the aircraft was bought by the scrappers, and in mid January the task of scrapping her began. Thankfully the nose at least has been saved and is now at the museum at Manston in Kent. Contrary to previous reports, my visit found her to be in surprisingly good condition, with restoration proceeding nicely. The cockpit had not suffered anywhere near as badly as I had been led to believe, and while missing many instruments could never be described as 'gutted'. Now permanently under cover, the future is certainly looking bright for this nose section.

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