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Sea Vixen XP924

 

 

 

De Havilland Aviation has recently completed a major project to fully restore Sea Vixen XP924 to her original 899 Squadron markings and she can be seen here after the work was completed.

She has also received a radio fit to IFR (with full duplicated systems to allow dual radio contact) and has recently received authority to carry the 200 gallon drop tanks - a major step forward in the programme.

XP924 remains fully serviceable here at her home in Bournemouth and is maintained to CAA requirements, including the necessary 'ground run' and 'taxi' activities carried out on a regular basis.

This is a programme which requires ongoing support and commitment to keep her in the air - if you are interested in corporate sponsorship then please contact us via the link to the left.

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  Vixen XP924 was one of the last Sea Vixens in service. This particular aircraft entered service in 1964 as a FAW.2, seeing active service exclusively with 899 Squadron on HMS Eagle and at Yeovilton. In 1973 the Vixen went to Llanbedr to serve as a high-speed radar target with the Royal Aircraft Establishment. XP924 was subsequently converted by Flight Refuelling to D3 drone status and served further at Llanbedr in this capacity from 1986 to 1991 when it was finally withdrawn from service.

This aircraft is unique in terms of being not only the sole example of its type capable of flying, but being the sole representative of its generation of fighters likely to fly in the UK. The Vixen is the fastest ex-military jet in private ownership, and is capable of Mach 1.2.

 

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