Aircraft | Gloster Javelin

 

Gloster Javelin FAW.1 (XA564) at RAF Museum, Cosford - Click to See Full Image

 

Gloster Javelin FAW.1 (XA564) at RAF Museum, Cosford. This aircraft is the sole-surviving example of the FAW.1 variant.

 

(Picture March 2003)


 

Gloster Javelin FAW.5 (XA699) at Midland Air Museum - Click for Full Image

The Gloster Javelin FAW.5 (XA699) at Midland Air Museum carries the markings of No. 5 squadron, RAF Laarbruch, Germany 1961-62. I have been fortunate enough to sit in the cockpit of this fine aircraft due to the Museum's fantastic policy of encouraging visitors to sit in the aircraft. The only chance you'll ever get to sit in a Javelin!

(Picture April 2003)


 

Gloster Javelin FAW.8 (XH992) at the Newark Air Museum - Click for Full Image

Gloster Javelin FAW.8 (XH992) at the Newark Air Museum. This was the last production variant and this particular aircraft was built in late 1959. It was the first FAW.8 to enter service with the RAF for 85 Squadron. It was later transferred to 27 MU before being used at Cosford as an instructional airframe. It arrived at Newark by road in 1981.

(Picture September 2002)


 

Gloster Javelin FAW.9 (XH767) at the Yorkshire Air Museum - Click for Full Image

Gloster Javelin FAW.9 (XH767) arrived at the Yorkshire Air Museum in 2001 and is displayed in the colours of 23 Squadron of the RAF. It actually served with 11 and 25 Squadron before retiring in 1967. It was previously at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum.

(Picture February 2003)


 

At the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum at Flixton is Gloster Javelin FAW.9R (XH892). This aircraft was built as a FAW.7 and was delivered to 5MU Kemble in April 1958. Following conversion to FAW.9R standard it joined 23 Squadron in 1966 and then served with 64 and 29 Squadron. It was during its time with 29 Squadron that it spent 9months in Africa in support of the Zambian Government. It was previously displayed at Duxford before arriving at Flixton in 1983.

(Picture August 2002)


 
Gloster Javelin FAW.9 (XH897) at Duxford - Click for Full Image

Gloster Javelin FAW.9 (XH897) has been at Duxford since November 1974. These days it is tucked away in a corner. It was originally delivered to 25 Squadron at RAF Waterbeach in 1959. It later served with 33 and 5 Squadron until becoming a test aircraft at Boscombe Down. This aircraft was a calibrated altimeter to enable measurement of pressure errors on many civil and military aircraft before being used on the Concorde test project. It is displayed in its colours while at Boscombe Down. (Thanks to former Flight Test Engineer Rod Dawes for information about this aircraft).   

 

(Picture March 2003)

 

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