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XL497 (041/R) Fairey Gannet AEW 3

By Tooma
Another shot from the Aviation Museum in Dumfries - yes, finally an aircraft, and it's an ex-Navy Fairey Gannet AEW 3. It was last based at HMS Gannet, a land based frigate, that's what the Navy calls its concrete warships, at Prestwick Airport in Ayrshire where they operate a fleet of helicopters. Its last sea deployment was on HMS Ark Royal.

The Gannet was built for anti-submarine warfare, the AS designation, and some including XL497/041 shown here, were fitted with radar, the big bulb under its belly, as Airborne Early Warning aircraft platforms; 44 examples produced, the AEW, and the 3 means it was fitted with an additional seat for an observer.

Power for the contra rotating blades was from a Hawker Siddley Twin Mamba engine.

Tags: Photo journalism General Vintage Aircraft Fairey Gannet XL497 Dumfries and Galloway Aircraft Museum

Voters: newbe2, Saastad, TimothyDMorton and 25 more

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7 Jun 2019 1:11AM
Nice shot
Saastad 2 16 15 Norway
7 Jun 2019 1:19AM
Great serie of photos, and nice information too!

7 Jun 2019 6:30AM
I've actually seen these fly off the coast of Lossiemouth as a child.
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 78 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2019 7:56AM
I remember watching these at Farnborough, many years ago Blush
Thanks for the memories.
Owdman Plus
5 6 24 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2019 8:29AM
Sad to see it looks like it's disintegrating! Needs a good lick of paint! Good record shot!
PhilT2 Plus
11 568 32 England
7 Jun 2019 9:18AM
Not seen anything like this before. Fascinating
mac Plus
20 13 Scotland
7 Jun 2019 10:20AM
What an ugly duckling! No wonder it required so many propellers to get it off the ground? Good image of the plane, which I suppose by now is a rarity.
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
7 Jun 2019 4:50PM
Your last version has the most intriguing propeller design--

an interesting air craft!
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2019 2:21AM
Amazing and so very impressive imagery...
Isabel GrinGrin
dales Plus
5 13 Australia
12 Jun 2019 4:45AM
Looks like a massive food processor for birdlife with that propellor set !! , excellent images & info Tom
15 Jun 2019 8:51AM
A well taken and interesting set, Tom.
Its shape makes one wonder how it managed to become airborne!! A bit like a puffin!!Smile


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