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de Havilland DH.110 "Sea Vixen"
Model Airplane News Cover Art for April, 1952
by Jo Kotula
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The de Havilland DH.110 Sea Vixen was a twin boom 1950s–1960s British two-seat jet fighter of the Fleet Air Arm (the air component of the Royal Navy) designed by de Havilland. Developed from an earlier first generation jet fighter, the Sea Vixen was carrier-based fleet defence fighter that served into the 1970s. It was later known as the Hawker Siddeley Sea Vixen when de Havilland became a part of the Hawker Siddeley group.
Photos of the de Havilland DH.110 "Sea Vixen"
right: special paint for an air show.. Red Bull does not have an air force...
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The aircraft was originally known as the DH.110; an aircraft designed for both the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Fleet Air Arm (FAA) as an all-weather, missile-armed, high-speed jet fighter. The Admiralty had published a requirement for a fleet defence fighter to replace the de Havilland Sea Venom. However, the RAF chose the Gloster Javelin (subject of the June, 1952 Cover of MAN) after deciding the Javelin was a cheaper and simpler aircraft. Despite this, de Havilland continued with the project, and by the late 1950s, the Royal Navy had placed an order and the aircraft entered service with the Fleet Air Arm.
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