DE HAVILLAND SEA VIXEN F.A.W. MK 2 XJ607 C/N 110074
Cockpit section only

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QAM thanks David Bussey for funding the acquisition of this exhibit.

Built at Christchurch under contract 6/ACFT/10865/CB.5(b)

First flown at Hurn.

Delivered to DH Hatfield. Subsequently returned to Hurn.

Flown to DH Hatfield.

Delivered to the Abbotsinch Air Holding Unit using call-sign "726".

To Yeovilton using call-sign "726". Joined 893 Sqn same day coded "457".

Nose struck the tail of XN656 during taxying aboard HMS Centaur.

Left at RNAHU Tengah (Singapore) for collection by 890 Sqn aboard HMS Ark Royal.

Collected by 890 Sqn on HMS Ark Royal and later coded "243".

Diverted to USAF base Naha following a fuel transfer problem.

Following a heavy landing during a night GCA the port oleo broke off and injured a seaman.

To the Yeovilton AHU.

To Mobile Aircraft Repair Transport and Salvage Unit (MARTSU) for repairs.

Taken on charge by 899 Sqn at yeovilton and coded "487" (replacing XJ580).

Starboard engine blew up.

Trucked from Birkenhead Docks to DH Chester for Cat 4 repairs and conversion to FAW Mk 2.
(Some sources state 28APR64).

First flight after conversion to FAW Mk 2.

To Brawdy NASU.

Issued to 893 Sqn on HMS Victorious and later coded "253".

Transferred to 892 Sqn at Yeovilton and later coded "307".

Served with 892 Sqn on HMS Hermes into the summer of 68. Coded "307".

Issued to RNAY Belfast for updates.

Issued to the Brawdy NASU until at least DEC69.

With 766 Sqn at Yeovilton by this date coded "715".

To 890 Sqn at Yeovilton and later coded "701".

Delivered to the Engineering Flight RAF Cranwell until at least MAY73.

Allocated Ground Instructional Airframe serial 8171M (also quoted as 8178M).

Noted with No 2 School of Technical Training, Cosford coded "O".

Displayed at Cosford Air Day. On charge to No 2 School of Technical Training (SOTT) RAF Cosford as Instructional airframe 8178M.

Photographed at Cosford.

Tender No F 6t(Air)/10/87-88/43 issued for four Sea Vixens located at RAF Cosford. Condition of XJ607 is described as "poor".

Available for viewing by possible purchasers (also on 04JUN).

Still at Cosford.

To Southampton Airport for restoration.

Moved to RAF Dunsfold for further restoration.

Broken up.

[The preceding history was extracted from "The British Roundel" by John Tipp.]

Nose section and other components purchased from owner Mr John Hallett by QAM.

Collected from BAe Dunsfold by Bestworld Packing Ltd and transported to their premises at Feltham to be containerised for shipping to Australia.

NArrived at Caloundra.

The right tail boom of XJ607 was unearthed by workmen laying a drain on a farm near Billingshurst, England.

DATE: 6-7 SEP 97 | EVENT: Amphibia air and boat show, Sunshine Coast Airport | DISTANCE: 72km | TIME ON ROAD: 1.2 hours
DATE: 8-9 SEP 01 | EVENT: Caboolture Air Spectacular, Caboolture Aerodrome | DISTANCE: 90km | TIME ON ROAD: 1.4 hours
DATE: 10-17 FEB 03 | EVENT: Australian International Airshow (trucked), Avalon Airport (Victoria) | DISTANCE: 3800km | TIME ON ROAD: 60.0 hours
DATE: 5-7 SEP 03 | EVENT: Archerfield Airshow, Archerfield Airport | DISTANCE: 242km | TIME ON ROAD: 3.8 hours
DATE: 2-3 OCT 04 | EVENT: RAAF Airshow, Amberley Air Base | DISTANCE: 350km | TIME ON ROAD: 5.5 hours
DATE: 14-21 MAR 05 | EVENT: Australian International Airshow (trucked), Avalon Airport (Victoria) | DISTANCE: 3800km | TIME ON ROAD: 60.0 hours
DATE: 2-4 SEP05 | EVENT: Aviation Careers Expo, Brisbane City Hall | DISTANCE: 180km | TIME ON ROAD: 2.8 hours
DATE: 21 JAN 06 | EVENT: Visitor Information Centr, Caloundra West | DISTANCE: 5km | TIME ON ROAD: 0.1 hours
DATE: 25 JUN 06 | EVENT: Kawana Waters Shoppingtown, Kawana Waters | DISTANCE: 26km | TIME ON ROAD: 0.5 hours
DATE: 02 SEP 06 | EVENT: Aviation Careers Expo, Brisbane City Hall | DISTANCE: 180km | TIME ON ROAD: 2.8 hours
DATE: 19-29 MAR 07 | EVENT: Australian International Airshow (towed), Avalon Airport (Victoria) | DISTANCE: 3800km | TIME ON ROAD: 60.0 hours
DATE: 3-5 AUG 07 | EVENT: Wide Bay International Airshow, Bundaberg Airport | DISTANCE: 594km | TIME ON ROAD: 9.5 hours
DATE: 18 AUG 07 | EVENT: Aviation Careers Expo, South Bank Piazza (Brisbane) | DISTANCE: 190km | TIME ON ROAD: 3.0 hours
DATE: 27 OCT 07 | EVENT: Kids Expo, Ginger Factory (Yandina) | DISTANCE: 73km | TIME ON ROAD: 1.2 hours
DATE: 01 JUN 08 | EVENT: Heritage Fair, Mt Gravatt Showground (Brisbane) | DISTANCE: 247km | TIME ON ROAD: 3.9 hours
DATE: 26 JUL 08 | EVENT: Aviation Careers Expo, Brisbane Convention Centre | DISTANCE: 199km | TIME ON ROAD: 3.1 hours
DATE: 4-5 OCT 08 | EVENT: RAAF Airshow, Amberley Air Base | DISTANCE: 350km | TIME ON ROAD: 3.9 hours
DATE: 26 JAN 09 | EVENT: Aussie World Australia Day, Palmwood | DISTANCE: 22km | TIME ON ROAD: 0.4 hours
DATE: 28-30 AUG 09 | EVENT: QVAG Festival of Flight, Watts Bridge Airfield | DISTANCE: 285km | TIME ON ROAD: 4.5 hours
DATE: 2-4 OCT 09 | EVENT: Fly-In Museum of Australian Army Flying, Oakey Army Aviation Base | DISTANCE: 545km | TIME ON ROAD: 8.5 hours
THE XJ607 (884 QFQ) TRAVEL DIARY
You get the idea. Too many places to mention. She’s been everywhere!
Compiled by Ron Cuskelly
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Compiled By Ron Cuskelly

Remarks

Added a second image of the aircraft at RAF Cosford in 1985. Thanks to Mark Taylor.

Issue: 08

DATE: 10 JUL 14

Added an image of the aircraft at RAF Cosford in 1985. Thanks to Mark Taylor.

Issue: 07

DATE: 01 JUL 14

Added an image of the aircraft in May 1982.

Issue: 06

DATE: 18 JUN 14

Added an image after a repaint.

Issue: 05

DATE: 04 SEP 13

Added the Travel Diary.

Issue: 04

DATE: 29 OCT 09

Added an image of the aircraft at Cosford in 1984. Thanks to Fergal Goodman.

Issue: 03

DATE: 12 OCT 09

Added a report on the discovery of the right tail boom buried on a farm in England.

Issue: 02

DATE: 31 DEC 07

Original issue.

Issue: 01

DATE: 02 JAN 02

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