DE HAVILLAND SEA VIXEN F.A.W. MK 2 XJ490
MSN 110017

 



    Built at Christchurch under contract 6/ACFT/10865/CB.5(b)
06MAR59
  First flight
18MAR59
  Issued to 700Y Flight, Yeovilton
19MAR59
  Received at 700Y Flight, Yeovilton. This was the RN Intensive Flight Trials Unit (IFTU) responsible for service trials before the aircraft was released for general squadron use.
06MAY59
  Damage to starboard engine noticed before flight at Yeovilton.
29MAY59
  Detached to RAE Farnborough for investigation of Airborne Interim Dynamic Reference System
    Returned to Yeovilton Y-Flight
    Returned to Farnborough
    Returned to Yeovilton Y-Flight
30JUN59
  To 892 Squadron Yeovilton. Coded 210. (Some sources state 01JUL59).
04MAR60
  892 Sqn Ark Royal (AEA Mod)
23MAR60
  Nose oleo fully compressed landing on HMS Ark Royal
21APR60
  While spreading wings on Ark Royal the starboard aileron was damaged when it contacted the nose of a Scimitar.
APR60
  U/S with cracked nosewheel oleo
20JUN60
  Received at Yeovilton for repair and 250 hourly inspection
AUG60
  Additional crack discovered
28SEP60
  To be issued to 766 Sqn, Yeovilton as temporary replacement
30JAN61
  Issued to 766 Sqn, Yeovilton. Coded 713.
27APR61
  To Abbotsinch Air Holding Unit
24OCT61
  Issued to RNAY Belfast for modernisation
01NOV61
  Received at RNAY Belfast
27NOV61
  To Abbotsinch
31MAY63
  Delivered to Abbotsinch AHU under call-sign 726.
05JUN63
  At Abbotsinch for limited modernisation programme
16JUL63
  To Aircraft Holding Unit, Brawdy
29JUL63
  Received at Aircraft Holding Unit, Brawdy under call-sign 711
17OCT63
  To 892 Sqn Yeovilton.
15NOV63
  Received at 892 Sqn Yeovilton. Coded 210/H (HMS Hermes)
JAN64
  Wheel brakes caught fire landing on HMS Hermes. Damage to centre section.
02MAR64
  Issued to RNAHU Tengah, Singapore and later ferried to the U.K. (presumably by ship)
10APR64
  To Hawker Siddeley, Brough for CAT 4 repair
22APR64
  Transferred to Hawker Siddeley at Chester for repairs and conversion to FAW Mk 2
28MAR66
  To RNAS Brawdy
05MAY66
  To NARIU Lee-on-Solent
17JUN66
  To 766 Sqn Yeovilton. Coded 726/VL.
(Some sources state 02JUN66).
07JUN68
  To NASU Brawdy by this date.
07NOV68
  Delivered to Hawker Siddeley at Chester.
27MAR69
  To 893 Sqn Brawdy coded 245 replacing XJ524.
SEP69
  Photographed at Yeovilton in 893 Sqn markings coded 245/H from HMS Hermes. Also photographed at Luqa, Malta 1969
10JUL70
  To NASU Yeovilton.
03SEP71
  Issued to 899 Sqn.
71-72
 

No 899 Sqn in HMS Eagle deployed to the Far East and Australia on its last trip. Two Sea Vixens were offloaded at Simbang Dockyard. Aircraft "121" had crashed into the barrier after undercarriage problems and "126" had a cracked boom. Two replacement Sea Vixens (XJ490 & XJ579) were shipped out from HMS Daedalus (Lee-on-Solent, UK) as deck cargo on the SS Glenfalloch by the Mobile Aircraft Repair Transport and Salvage Unit (MARTSU). Both aircraft were towed from the dock to Tengah for re-erection and test flying. While XJ579 was successfully flown out to Eagle, XJ490 was found to be too badly corroded and was stripped of useful parts at Tengah and "scrapped". XJ490 had been loaded on the foredeck of the Glenfalloch while XJ579 had been loaded aft of the superstructure. XJ490 was to take up the call sign "126" and the following crew names but these were not painted on the aeroplane when it arrived in Singapore.

LT TAYLOR-SCOTT (PILOT)
LT JEWEL (OBSERVER)
NAM DOWNTON (RED WATCH MAINTAINER)
LAM WATERS   (WHITE WATCH MAINTAINER)
NAM KEY (BLUE WATCH MAINTAINER)

Note - 899 Sqn was the last operational squadron to fly Sea Vixens and HMS Eagle made its last deployment before scrapping in 1972 

20OCT71
  The S.S. Glenfalloch anchored at Singapore at 2030 local time. Both Sea Vixens were offloaded (XJ490 first) and stowed in a locked dockyard hangar by 0130 hours on 21OCT71. (Source: Paul Eitzen)
21OCT71
  XJ490 was towed from the dockyard to Tengah departing at 2300. The aircraft was stowed inside Hangar No 2 at S.A.F. Tengah at 0445. (Source: Paul Eitzen)
22OCT71
  Work began to prepare XJ490 for embarkation on HMS Eagle but the aircraft was found to be so badly corroded that the aircraft had to be written off. Read the full Survey Report (Source: Paul Eitzen)
73
  Donated to Aeronautical Engineering Department of Singapore Polytechnic.
80
  Noted on display on Sentosa Island, Singapore in 899 Sqn colours but with no codes or canopy.
17JAN89
  QAM resolved to purchase Meteor WA880, Hunter XF311 and Sea Vixen XJ490 from the Aik Hong Hardware Company of Singapore.
28MAR89
  Removed from Sentosa by QAM on barge "Tai Chen"
10JUL89
  Arrived in Townsville on M.V. "San Juan" from Singapore
04AUG89
  Arrived Brisbane from Townsville on M.V. "Sid McGrath"
07AUG89
  Trucked to Caloundra and cosmetically restored in 899 Sqn markings with bogus code "490"
AUG90
  Examination revealed that last digit of code appears to be a "3".

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 



 


ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
3
24AUG09
Added the date that QAM resolved to purchase the aircraft (17JAN89).
2
31DEC07
Updated details of arrival in Singapore thanks to Paul Eitzen.
Added several new images
1
02JAN02
Original Issue