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Virtual Earth map of De Havilland Sea Vixen FAW.2 XJ580 at Tangmere

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This is XJ580, seen here at its new home - the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum. She had previously been on display in Christchurch where she stood as a memorial to the aviation industry in the area, having been restored to superb condition by the Sea Vixen Society. Unfortunately she was then rather neglected. Being outside and at the mercy of both the weather and vandalism had left her with a smashed observer's canopy and broken pitot probes at the time of my first visit in April 1997. A second visit in April 1999 found the canopies covered up and some graffiti removed but otherwise XJ580 was still looking pretty forlorn. Happily though XJ580 moved to the Tangmere Museum of Military Aviation on 27th June 2000 and a visit in early 2002 found she was part way through a repaint - and on my return in December the repaint had been finished. A return visit in 2005 found her still looking great.


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