Fairey Gannet ECM6B – XG831, 831 NAS, Royal Navy, RAF Watton 1965
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Aviation 72 excellent 1/72 scale model of the Fairey Gannet ECM6B XG831 Electronic Counter Measures aircraft of 831 NAS, Royal Navy based at RAF Watton from May 1965. The aircraft is now preserved in this livery at the Cornwall Air Museum at Davidstow former airfield. The model epitomises the Gannets rather unusual shape, with superb panel detailing and armament. An absolute “must have” for any collection! Limited edition of only 360 pieces.
Length 7.25 inches Wingspan 9 inches
The Gannet was designed for carrier borne anti-submarine and airborne early warning duties. First flown on September 19, 1949, this mid-wing monoplane with tricycle undercarriage had a Bristol Mamba double turboprop engine with two contra-rotating propellers and was crewed by a pilot and two aerial observers. On June 19, 1950 it became the first turboprop aircraft to make a carrier deck landing when pilot G. Callingham touched down on the HMS Illustrious. In 1958 the Gannet underwent a major structural redesign, which included the addition of a large radome beneath the fuselage. This Airborne Early Warning variant carried AN/APS-20F radar and required two additional crew members.
By mid 1960 the anti-submarine-tasked Gannets were all replaced by the Westland Whirlwind in RN service, but some AS.4s survived to carry out other duties, with considerable modifications and additions to the aircraft’s electronics suite, giving them the capability to gather signals intelligence and perform a certain amount of communications and radar jamming – primarily to train RN personnel in how to deal with electronic warfare. These aircraft were generally shore-based, and rarely went to sea. Initially retaining their AS.1 or AS.4 designations, they were later designated AS.6s, and commonly referred to as the ECM.6.