NEWS IN BRIEF

SEA VIXEN LATEST

On 25 July, Navy Wings issued a press release regarding the wheels-up landing that befell the Fly Navy Heritage Trust’s de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW2 XP924/ G-CVIX at RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset on 27 May.

It stated: “We now know that when the primary hydraulic pump failed in flight, the secondary pump did not go to full stroke as it should have done. The result was that it did not provide the pressure required to put the undercarriage and flaps down. We have been surveying the aircraft and are now aware that there is extensive damage to the belly and structural frames of the centre fuselage.

“We have now suspended the aircraft from maintenance procedures while we continue to investigate plans for complete restoration.”