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Dear Britmodeller,
I am new here, so let me say "Hello" for all of you.
I am a fan of the reconnaissance aviation and I would like to know some details about recce equipment of De Havilland Sea Vixen. I have plan to built one this model. 
Best regards,
Stulee 

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The Vixen carried a pod on theS/B centre hard point, it carried two Vintern F95 cameras one forward facing & one 45o downward to port side, so it could see under the aircraft & long range on opposite wing. If you send me your e mail I have pictures regards Len 

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13 hours ago, Grizzly said:

The Vixen carried a pod on theS/B centre hard point, it carried two Vintern F95 cameras one forward facing & one 45o downward to port side, so it could see under the aircraft & long range on opposite wing. If you send me your e mail I have pictures regards Len 

Hi that sounds very interesting any chance of a pic? 

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22 hours ago, Stulee said:

Dear Britmodeller,
I am new here, so let me say "Hello" for all of you.
I am a fan of the reconnaissance aviation and I would like to know some details about recce equipment of De Havilland Sea Vixen. I have plan to built one this model. 
Best regards,
Stulee 

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John

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I was going to say that I've seen it in the manual, but I have no way if uploading the pages, well done John!

I have seen it said that it is a modified Hunter drop tank (smaller type), don't know how right that is but the proportions seem similar enough for modelling purposes.

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Thanks all of you guys! Hawker Hunter drop tank sounds good, but my first choice was Supermarine Scimitar :) .

Stulee

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Larry the components drawing is from the FAW.2 IPC, the pod drawing is from the FAW.1 AP so I would assume both types could use the pod.

John

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Good old F95's - wonder where they were first used ? Went on to Phantom, then Jaguar.....

 

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As John says, both the FAW.1 & 2 used the same pod.

Probably the most well known example of a photo from the pod is the one of an 899 Sqn Sea Vixen FAW.1 refuelling an F-105D which was taken by a second Sea Vixen with the pod.

There's also a dramatic high altitude shot of the Isle of White and south coast taken from the same kit.

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I would need to double check, but I think first RAF use of the Vinten F95 was in the early/mid 1950s with the Meteor FR.9 and PR.10.

It did serve for a long time, into the 1990s and went through various Mk numbers, at least to Mk6.

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Standard fit on Harrier GR1/3, Sea Harrier FRS1/FA2 and T2/4/8.

Also in another recce pod carried by the 1st generation Harriers.

 

BFN

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