Aviation enthusiasts gather to celebrate 50th anniversary of Sea Vixen flight (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Aviation enthusiasts gather to celebrate 50th anniversary of Sea Vixen flight
AVIATION enthusiasts gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the Bournemouth-based Sea Vixen.
The Sea Vixen FAW2 XP924 ‘Foxy Lady’ was the star of a special open day at the DS military hangar.
She is owned and operated by DS Aviation (UK) Ltd who operate her out of Bournemouth international airport. A cold war naval fighter, she was the subject of a painstaking five-year restoration project and is the last flying example of the type in the world.
She is also something of a local legend, spoiling the crowds at the Bournemouth Air Festival with her slick, high-speed manoeuvres and the ear-splitting howl of her twin Rolls Royce Avon engines.
She also holds the honour of being the fastest privately-owned aircraft in Europe, capable of flying at supersonic speeds. The open day gave fans unprecedented access to inspect and photograph the aircraft and it was also attended by former De Havilland engineers, pilots and crew.
Chief engineer Paul Kingsbury who keeps the aircraft in tip top condition was on hand to chat and answer any questions and Lieutenant Commander Matt Whitfield, the Sea Vixen’s display pilot, signed autographs and chatted to fans.
There was also a SkySim Sea Vixen flight simulator to give visitors an idea of what it is like to fly the aircraft.
Live music was also provided from a series of different acts and refreshments were available from the WI ladies at Kinson Country Market.
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