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Fairey Gannet AEW3

XL503/070/E - Fairey Gannet AEW3. Built at Hayes to contract 6/Aircraft/12876/CB9(a) c/n F.9462

13/04/1961 - first flight at White Waltham
08/05/1961 - to RDU RNAS Culdrose
02/06/1961 - to Fairey Aircraft Co at White Waltham for malfunction investigation
15/08/1961 - C(A) at White Waltham for trials
08/10/1963 - A&AEE Boscombe Down - FAC trials - pilots canopy in the blower tunnel
14/10/1963 - to FAC at White Waltham
22/10/1963 - 849NAS HQ Flt at RNAS Culdrose for radar trials
26/03/1964 - FAC White Waltham - prep for trials
13/04/1964 - NAD/RAE Bedford catapult and arrestor trials
17/04/1964 - FAC White Waltham
12/05/1964 - NAD/RAE Bedford - continuing trials
12/05/1964 - FAC White Waltham
07/07/1964 - RNTS at A&AEE Boscombe Down,single engine bolter trials in conjunction with HMS Eagle
28/07/1964 - FAC White Waltham
11/1964 - FAC Hayes
09/11/1964 - FAC Ilchester for mods and respray
22/04/1966 - NASU Brawdy
10/05/1966 - 849NAS HQ Flt at RNAS Brawdy
26/05/1966 - 849NAS 'A' Flt Brawdy as '263'
Aircraft then sailed around the world on HMS Victorious
06/08/1966 - towing accident
01/09/1966 - off loaded to NASU Changi for repairs
27/12/1966 - rejoining 'A' Flt on HMS Victorious as '260'
15/05/1967 - 849NAS 'B' Flt on HMS Hermes as '333', aircraft ferried between ships on a lighter
23/06/1967 - ferried ashore on a lighter to NASU Changi for rectification and checks
18/03/1968 - to 'D' Flt on HMS Eagle coded '072'
26/08/1969 - NASU Brawdy
26/08/1969 - 'D'Flt at RNAS Brawdy as '071'
09/10/1970 - GSU at RNAS Lossiemouth
10/10/1970 - NASU Lossiemouth
21/01/1971 - into STS
26/05/1971 - out of STS
05/10/1971 - to RRE Pershore as call sign '503' training 8 Sqdn Shackleton crews
07/10/1971 - NASU Lossiemouth
22/11/1971 - to 849NAS
17/01/1972 - RRE Pershore for recording equipment trials
12/07/1972 - 849NAS 'D' Flt
26/04/1973 - to FAAM

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Role - Three seat Airborne Early Warning Aircraft

Manufacturers - Fairey Aviation Co Ltd

Power Plant - One 3,875 ehp Armstrong Siddeley Double Mamba 102

Wingspan - 54ft 4ins

Length - 44ft

Height - 16ft 10ins

Weight - 25,000lbs loaded

Max Speed - 250mph

Range - 700 miles, 5 to 6 hours endurance

Armament - Nil


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