De Havilland’s superlative Sea Vixen

In the October 1996 FlyPast, Mark Nicholls charted the brief service history of de Havilland's Sea Vixen and looked at the surviving airframes

 

Sea Vixen unvanquished

THE DE HAVILLAND DH.110 Sea Vixen was the final development of the Vampire-Venom lineage. The type was originally proposed as an all-weather fighter for the Royal Navy, though it was then amended to fill the RAF requirement for an advanced night fighter. It was not until 1948 that the Air Ministry finally issued specification for the all-weather fighter and the construction of two prototypes commenced at Hatfield.

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