Aircraft History

The De Havilland DH 112 Sea Venom was a post-1945 development of the Vampire twin-boom jet fighter/trainer. It featured side by side seating for two-crew in a wooden cockpit of similar constuction to the well-known wartime De Havilland Mosquito aircraft. The rest of the Sea Venom was built of metal and incorporated specialised naval equipment for operation from aircraft carriers. It was designed as an all-weather interceptor fighter, powered by a De Havilland Ghost jet engine. The Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm received 39 FAW.53 Sea Venoms when the carrier HMAS Melbourne arrived in Australia from the UK in April 1956. The Sea Venom remained in RAN service until 1966 when most surviving aircraft were sold for scrap.

Model History

This 1:32 scale model of an RAN FAW.53 Sea Venom was commissioned by the Museum and was received in 1955. It is painted to represent N4-936 which crashed on landing at the Naval Air Station, HMAS Albatross, Nowra in June 1957, injuring the two crew. The aircraft was written off. It is believed that the markings on this model might have been added later as it was received before the RAN began to operate the Sea Venom.

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