News: Sea Vixen likely to fly next month
Published 18 March 2017, 09:19
Good news from Navy Wings - de Havilland Sea Vixen XP924 could be airborne from Yeovilton in a few weeks time!
Photo by ANDY ROUSE-NAVY WINGS
Here's a quick update from Navy Wings website. For more on this story, visit: www.navywings.org.uk
'XP924 is only days away from emerging from 15 Hangar at RNAS Yeovilton. The covers on the recently re-installed port engine are going into place, the starboard wing repair is in its final fettling stage, the pilot’s cockpit is being repopulated with instruments and the autostab gyros are being refitted. The annual maintenance elements are also nearing completion and the flap repairs and re-rigging are now complete after nearly 7 months of work! The ejection seats are being re-installed next week and, following the installation of the accumulator, we shall be carrying out undercarriage retraction tests. That should give us the go ahead for ground runs, leak checks and systems testing followed by high power performance ground runs and taxi tests. All this in the next two to three weeks and our first flight of the season is scheduled for the second week in April.'
We wish the team well in returning this incredible jet to the sky. Look out for a major feature on XP924 in FlyPast later this year.