De Havilland Sea Vixen Aircraft

Sea Vixen FAW.2, Winthorpe

Production Details

Design Company:

The de Havilland Aircraft Co. Ltd, Hatfield Aerodrome, Herts and Christchurch Aerodrome, Hants

First Flight:

26 September 1951


3 - The de Havilland Aircraft Co. Ltd

Sea Vixen FAW.1:

119 - The de Havilland Aircraft Co. Ltd

Sea Vixen FAW.2:

29 - The de Havilland Aircraft Co. Ltd

Type Specification

Applies to:

de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW.1


Two seat naval all weather fighter


Cantilever mid wing monoplane. Sweepback 40 degrees. All metal three spar structure


All metal monocoque structure

Tail Unit:

Tail booms are all metal structures of elliptical section. Tail unit is all metal cantilever structure. Twin fins integral with tail booms. Twin rudders. All moving tailplane mounted between tops of fins

Landing Gear:

Retractable tricycle type

Power Plant:

Two Rolls-Royce Avon 208 turbojet engines in rear of nacelle


Crew of two. Pilot under offset canopy to port. Observer totally enclosed in nacelle to starboard


Four de Havilland Firestreak missiles



50 ft


55 ft 7 in


10 ft 9 in

Wing Area:

648 sq ft



35,000 lb


Max Speed:

645 mph at 10,000 ft

Service ceiling:

48,000 ft

Preserved in British Museums

Sea Vixen FAW.1:

XJ476 - Solent Sky, Southampton - Nose Stored XJ481 - Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton Airfield - Stored XJ482 - Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum, Flixton - Display

Sea Vixen FAW.2:

XJ494 - Phoenix Aviation, Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome - Display XJ560 - Newark Air Museum, Winthorpe Show Ground - Display XJ565 - De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre, London Colney - Display XJ571 - Solent Sky, Southampton - Display XJ575 - Wellesbourne Wartime Museum, Wellesbourne Mountford - Nose XJ579 - Midland Air Museum, Coventry Airport - Display XJ580 - Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, Tangmere - Display XN647 - Phoenix Aviation, Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome - Nose XS576 - Imperial War Museum, Duxford Aerodrome - Display XS587 - Gatwick Aviation Museum, Charlwood - Display XS590 - Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton Airfield - Display

Sea Vixen D.3:

G-CVIX - De Havilland Aviation, Bournemouth Airport - Airworthy

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