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Help save the Sea Vixen - charity appeals for a white knight

PUBLISHED: 12:30 07 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:30 07 July 2017

AND THERE WILL BE A YOUTUBE VIDEO YOU MIGHT LINK TO – CAPTION: Although Cdr Simon Hargreaves made a ‘text-book’ wheels-up landing at Yeovilton, the energy in the flapless arrival caused considerable damage to the historic naval strike aircraft PHOTO: SCOTT DABINETT

AND THERE WILL BE A YOUTUBE VIDEO YOU MIGHT LINK TO – CAPTION: Although Cdr Simon Hargreaves made a ‘text-book’ wheels-up landing at Yeovilton, the energy in the flapless arrival caused considerable damage to the historic naval strike aircraft PHOTO: SCOTT DABINETT

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Following the emergency landing of Sea Vixen G-CVIX XP924 at RNAS Yeovilton on 27 May, Navy Wings is urgently seeking a ‘white knight’ sponsor to save the aircraft and restore this unique and nationally important naval heritage fighter to full flying condition.

Unfortunately the structural damage to the airframe is more serious than first thought. This includes cracks on both tail booms, warping of the main bulkheads in the engine compartment and major damage to the gear box. The important factor here was speed of landing. The Sea Vixen suffered a major hydraulic failure of both systems and the pilot, Commander Simon Hargreaves was unable to lower the flaps along with the undercarriage. This necessitated a high speed, shallow touchdown and the energy transferred itself through the airframe.

Assessors estimate that it could take between three to four years and cost £2-3m to get her flying again. A white knight is needed in the next month who would be prepared to come to the rescue and underwrite these costs and save the last flying Sea Vixen in the world, recognising her uniqueness and value to the Nation’s naval aviation heritage.

Contact Fly Navy Heritage Trust Navy Wings Heritage Centre South Dispersal RNAS Yeovilton Ilchester Somerset BA22 8HT, Tel: 01935 454411 / 01935 842005 Email: louise.evans@navywings.org.uk Web: http://www.navywings.org.uk Twitter https://twitter.com/navywingsuk Facebook| https://www.facebook.com/NavyWingsUK/

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