de Havilland DH112 Venom FB.4
The Museum’s exhibit, registration WR539, a DH112 Venom FB.4 c/n 12240, was assembled by Fairey Aviation at Ringway and was ready for collection on 27 January 1956, being delivered to 22 MU on 1st February. It was sent to the Far East Air Force in April 1957 for issue on 20th April to 60 Squadron at Tengah, Singapore, and continued service with delivery on 16 November 1959 to F:28 Squadron at Kai Tak, Hong Kong.
It flew the last RAF Venom sortie on 27th June 1962. It was struck off charge on 4th July and then relegated to crash rescue training at Kai Tak until removed in derelict condition by later members of 28 Squadron, and restored statically for the Battle of Britain celebrations in September 1973.
It then took up gate-guardian duties, but suffered somewhat from the climate until shipped to the UK for the RAF Museum, being stored in derelict condition at RAF Cosford from mid-1976. Due to its exposure as deck cargo on the return from Asia, the Museum decided to dispose of the aircraft and it was sold to Visionair in Miami in April 1980, and stored somewhere in the Midlands, again for sale.
It was acquired by the Wales Aircraft Museum, but was never reassembled, being left outside to the mercy of the elements, and the salty sea air caused further deterioration. It was finally delivered here to the Museum on October 1992 and the fuselage pod has been restored by the Jet Age Museum. The Museum’s Venom FB.4 WR539 will be restored to the markings of 28 Squadron.