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de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW1 (XJ481)

Built at Christchurch

02/09/1958 - first flight; Allotted for trials
27/10/1958 - air Ministry charge at Christchurch
14/11/1958 - delivered to Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Evaluation Establishment (A&AEE) Boscombe Down for trials
17/12/1958 - to DH Christchurch for modifications
01/01/1959 - returned to A&AEE
19/01/1959 - trials onboard HMS Centaur
21/01/1959 - DH Christchurch for examination following trials
02/1959 - Boscombe Down for Pilots Notes preparation
19/02/1959 - DH Christchurch for preparation as Red Top missile launching platform
06/11/1959 - DH Propellers, Hatfield for Red Top fire control equipment
23/02/1960 - DH Christchurch, painted white for guided weapons trials
08/03/1960 - transferred for packing at DH
13/03/1960 - shipped to Edinburgh, near Adelaide, Australia for use with Long Range Weapons Establishment at Woomera
19/10/1962 - allocated to DH Aircraft Hatfield charge, still in Australia 1963 - Returned to the UK by sea, landed at RNAY Belfast
11/03/1963 - DH Hatfield for missile trials
20/02/1964 - Hawker Siddeley Dynamics, Hatfield for further trials
01/1966 - reported at Lee on Solent
12/1967 - with DH Engines at Hatfield
06/11/1968 - A&AEE, painted white and black for Martel trials
01/09/1973 - allotted to D/RAF/B charge for TV Martel trials
14/01/1974 - released for disposal; Transferred to Admiralty charge
26/02/1974 - flown by Flt Lt Bingham to Yeovilton
07/03/1974 - to FAAM
02/08/1981 - Portland for respray; Back to FAAM
22/07/1985 - Britannia Theme Park, Ilkeston
24/09/1986 - Southampton Hall of Aviation
1989 - RNAY Fleetlands Museum
29/11/2001 - Fuselage returned to FAAM (wings arrived 16/10/2001)


Role - Two seat all weather interceptor or strike fighter

Manufacturers - de Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd

Power plant - Two Rolls Royce Avon 208 turbojets, each of 11,230lbs static thrust

Wingspan - 51ft

Length - 55ft 7ins

Height - 10ft 9ins

Weight - 35,000lbs loaded

Max speed - 700mph at sea level

Range - nearly 2,000 miles max

Armament - 4 Firestreak infra-red homing missiles or 4 Microcell rocket packs plus 28 2in missiles carried internally, in the strike role 2 x 1,000lb bombs

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