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    Gannet XL471

    I’m looking for any photos of Fairey Gannet AEW.3 XL471 either during its scrapping by Neil Moffat at Farnborough in the late eighties or the subsequent remains of it last seen in the scrapyard at Lichfield.
    This one by Brian Johnstone is the last one I have seen before it was broken up.

    Thanks in advance.



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    In service shot only I'm afraid.

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    Thanks. A late seventies colour shot of the port side might be helpful too!?



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    Brawdy in 1970, best I can do.
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    Which scrapyard, I'm only 20 min from Lichfield

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    Steve - thanks for that.

    Rob68 - I’m not entirely sure, although there can’t be too many possibilities. And as far as I’m aware it was just the fuselage that ended up there.



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    Possibly the old scrappy that I think ,though I could be wrong disappeared when the Fradley site was redeveloped some time ago.

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    Can't even recall a scrap yard tbh

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    I saw it but it was a mangled heap nothing salvageable as I could not save one piece for a souvenire it did not last more than a few weeks. I did not take a picture.

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    Now there's a shocker.

    I wasn't even aware she'd been scrapped that long ago.

    Remember seeing Neil display her at Cosford in the mid-ish 80's and thought how impressive she was as the then last flyer.

    I thought she was sitting somewhere quietly mouldering away at worst,at best that she was tucked up somewhere safe to maybe
    return to the air and display circuit oneday,but scrapped not long after I saw her,well,I never did....
    "Reminds me of the time I sank the Tirpitz" comments a Spitfire pilot, "One pass of course, old boy."

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    Wrong Gannet, Miggers. XL471 (the subject of this thread) was bought by Neil Moffat for spares use, and the rest was subsequently scrapped. The flier you saw was XL502 which is still in good condition and residing at the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington.



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