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Poor Old Sea Vixen

Postby Mayfly » Sun May 28, 2017 12:02 pm

Suffered an hydraulic failure after displaying at Duxford and landed wheels up at Yeovilton.

It's not had much luck in recent years.

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Re: Poor Old Sea Vixen

Postby Aceyone » Sun May 28, 2017 8:16 pm

Indeed ,causing a bit of a stir over on the other forum ! Dan O in fine form !
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Re: Poor Old Sea Vixen

Postby Spitfire » Sun May 28, 2017 11:02 pm

What is is about historic Naval aircraft and RNAS air show airfields and wheels up landings :D

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Re: Poor Old Sea Vixen

Postby Mayfly » Mon May 29, 2017 8:01 am

Haha Ace - I like King Cobra's post!

Does the SV not have undercarriage blown down?
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Re: Poor Old Sea Vixen

Postby Sooty655 » Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:08 am

Now estimating at least two years work to get Foxy Lady back in the air. :( :(

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Re: Poor Old Sea Vixen

Postby Aceyone » Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:53 am

I do wonder if we will ever see it fly again !
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Re: Poor Old Sea Vixen

Postby Sooty655 » Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:16 am

Aceyone wrote:I do wonder if we will ever see it fly again !

Well, they do have a history of quietly getting things done. :ymapplause: :ymapplause:
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Re: Poor Old Sea Vixen

Postby Sooty655 » Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:47 pm

Spitfire wrote:What is is about historic Naval aircraft and RNAS air show airfields and wheels up landings :D



Just been fired up again. :ymapplause: :ymapplause:

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Re: Poor Old Sea Vixen

Postby Aceyone » Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:30 pm

Fingers crossed
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Re: Poor Old Sea Vixen

Postby Spitfire » Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:16 pm



Brilliant ... that engine was well mangled ... Good for them :D :ymapplause:

Even more stunning is that 2 seat Spitfire NH341 (Elizabeth) which landed wheels up last Friday at Sywell was FLOWN back to Duxford yesterday by John Romain .... now that's a swift turnaround ... and some :D \:D/ :ymapplause:

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Re: Poor Old Sea Vixen

Postby Sooty655 » Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:21 pm

Spitfire wrote:


Brilliant ... that engine was well mangled ... Good for them :D :ymapplause:

Even more stunning is that 2 seat Spitfire NH341 (Elizabeth) which landed wheels up last Friday at Sywell was FLOWN back to Duxford yesterday by John Romain .... now that's a swift turnaround ... and some :D \:D/ :ymapplause:

https://www.facebook.com/aerolegends/videos/1875311552729651/

Maybe the difference is explained by the fact he landed it on grass, rather than tarmac/concrete, and maybe also engine off?
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Re: Poor Old Sea Vixen

Postby Spitfire » Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:13 pm

Sooty655 wrote:Maybe the difference is explained by the fact he landed it on grass, rather than tarmac/concrete, and maybe also engine off?


Ok - but no comparison intended ... just totally astonished how quickly the Spit was turned around after a belly landing - grass or not - engine off or not ..
They would have had to do engine shock/stress testing etc and source/fit a new prop and other flight sensitive/crucial repairs - all in 4 days :ymapplause:
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Re: Poor Old Sea Vixen

Postby Minty4371 » Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:10 pm

Just seen on Facebook. Hope it is OK to post.

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Charity Appeals for White Knight

Following the emergency landing of Sea Vixen G-CVIX XP924 at RNAS Yeovilton on 27 May 17, 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 bulk heads 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 under-carriage. This necessitated a high speed, low angle run on and the energy transferred itself through the airframe.

Work by Assessors estimate that it could take between 3-4 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 under-write these costs and save the last flying Sea Vixen in the world, recognising her uniqueness and value to the Nation’s naval aviation heritage. navywings.org.uk
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Re: Poor Old Sea Vixen

Postby Mayfly » Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:30 am

Yep a lot of money and quiet a long time to fix it.

I wonder what caused the hydraulic failure.
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Re: Poor Old Sea Vixen

Postby 10680 » Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:09 am

I haven't managed to see a Sea Vixen for years. I hope they can get the funding sorted.
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Re: Poor Old Sea Vixen

Postby Vulcan Bomber » Sat Jul 29, 2017 12:00 am

Mayfly wrote:Haha Ace - I like King Cobra's post!

Does the SV not have undercarriage blown down?



Not according to the guys working on Bruntingthorpe's XJ494.
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Re: Poor Old Sea Vixen

Postby Mayfly » Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:02 am

Thanks VB.

I have since read that the primary hydraulic pump failed and also the secondary did not work as it should.
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