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 PRESERVED AND SURVIVING AIRCRAFT AND WARBIRDS 

2000
This page includes Flying and Preserved Aircraft types
used by the FAA and Allied air forces around the World 1939-1945

This section is devoted to informing you about various preserved Museum Restorations, Replica, or Restoration projects currently in the works, as well as historic flying or airworthy aircraft. 
If you have a project in the works just e-mail the FAA Archive and we will create and entry for it.

Commemorating in 2000 the 60th Anniversary of Operation Judgement, 
night air strike on the Italian fleet and harbour at Taranto 11 November 1940


INTERNATIONAL REGISTER OF 
PRESERVED FLEET AIR ARM AIRCRAFT
Preserved Aircraft Lists A-H
Preserved Aircraft Lists I-Z

                                                                 

 

 


SURVIVING AIRCRAFT TYPES 

(click on aircraft name to see further information)


TOTAL NUMBER WORLDWIDE

PRESERVATION STATUS-------

SURVIVING AIRCRAFT WITH KNOWN FLEET AIR ARM HISTORY 
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EXAMPLE MUSEUM LOCATIONS
where the type is preserved ---------------------------------------

NOTES

Vought-Sikorsky  KINGFISHER

4

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

No known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

National Museum of Naval Aviation (USA)
USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park (USA)
USS North Carolina (USA)
National Air & Space Museum (USA)

-

Avro LANCASTER

23 (+)

VULNERABLE

No known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft,  although 4 French Fleet Air Arm Lancasters have survived. 

Imperial War Museum - Duxford (UK) 
Imperial War Museum  - London (UK)
Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre(UK)
Newark Air Museum (UK)
RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (UK)
RAF Museum, Hendon (UK)
Australian War Memorial,  (Australia)
RAAFA Aviation Heritage Collection Museum, Bull Creek (Australia)
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (Canada)
Greenwood Military Aviation Museum (Canada)
Nanton Lancaster Society Air Museum (Canada)
National Aviation Museum (Canada)
Toronto Aero Space Museum (Canada)
Association Ailes Anciennes-Le Bourget (France)
Museum of Transport and Technology, MOTAT (NZ)
Fantasy of Flight, Florida (USA) 

The World's 23 Surviving Lancasters Only 16-17 of these famous aircraft survive intact throughout the world.

NX 622 is the only 4  naval Lancaster (Aeronavale French FAA in 1952)

de Havilland LEOPARD MOTH

13

ENDANGERED

No known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.


Woodford Collection (UK)

-

Westland LYSANDER

13 (+?)

ENDANGERED


Not known if there are surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.


Imperial War Museum - Duxford (UK)
RAF Museum - Hendon (UK)
Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden (UK)
Woodford collection (UK)
Musée Royal de l'Armée et d'Histoire Militaire (Belgium)
Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, Brandon (Canada)
Canadian Museum of Flight (Canada)
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (Canada)
National Aviation Museum (Canada)
USAF Museum (USA)
Fantasy of Flight Museum (USA)

No information on unpreserved wrecks

Miles MAGISTER

16 (+?)

VULNERABLE

Not known if there are surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden (UK)
Imperial War Museum - Duxford
Woodley Collection (UK) 
Musée Royal de l’Armée et d’Histoire Militaire, Brussels (Belgium)

16 Airframes Believed To Be Still In Existance 

Miles MARTINET 

1

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

Not known if there are surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

Museum of Berkshire Aviation (UK)

Martinet Serial:  MS902 the sole world survivor

Martin MARYLAND 

0

EXTINCT

Not known if there are surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

-

-

Miles MASTER

2 (+?)

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

Not known if there are surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

Miles Aircraft-Collection (UK)
Real Aeroplane Museum (UK
Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum (UK)

-

MILES M.18 TRAINER

0

EXTINCT

No known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

-

-

MILES M.20 FIGHTER

0

EXTINCT

No known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

-

-

North American B25 MITCHELL

153+

NOT THREATENED

Not known if the single Mitchell (FR370) assessed by the Fleet Air Arm in 1943 has survived 

A number of USN Mitchells survive including at the Lone Star Flying Museum where its aircraft is displayed as a PBJ-1J (Navy designation).


Aces High Flying Museum (UK)
The Fighter Collection (UK)
Imperial War Museum - Duxford (UK)
RAF Museum Hendon (UK)
Australian Heritage Aviation Centre, Darwin (Australia)
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (Canada)
National Aviation Museum (Canada)
Reynolds Air Museum (Canada)
Cavanaugh Flight Museum (USA)
EAA Museum Oshkosh (USA) 
Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum (USA)
Lone Star Flying Museum (USA)
Mid Atlantic Air Museum (USA)
National Air & Space Museum (USA)
National Naval Aviation Museum (USA)
New England Air Museum (USA) 
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum (USA)
Strategic Air Command (SAC) Museum (USA)
USAF Museum (USA)
Valiant Air Command Museum (USA)

No information on unpreserved wrecks

Miles MONITOR

0

EXTINCT

No known Fleet Air Arm aircraft

-

-

de Havilland MOSQUITO

41 +?

LOWER RISK

No complete surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft survive. 2 wings of 2 former RN aircraft remain

De Havilland Aircraft Museum (UK)
Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington (UK)
RAF Aerospace Museum Cosford (UK)
Imperial War Museum, Duxford (UK)
Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon (UK)
RAAF Museum (Australia)
Australian War Memorial Museum (Australia)
Calgary Aerospace Museum (Canada)
Canada Aviation Museum (Canada)
Beijing Military Aircraft Museum (China)
MoTaT (New Zealand)
RNZAF Museum (New Zealand)
South African Museum of Military History
USAF Museum  (USA)

No information on unpreserved wrecks

de Havilland MOTH

15+

VULNERABLE

Not known if there are surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft. 

Blue Max Movie Aircraft Museum (UK)
Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden (UK)
Woodford collection (UK
National Aviation Museum (Canada) 
Swedish Air Force Museum (Sweden)

-

Beech NAVIGATOR

16+

VULNERABLE

Not known if there are surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.
(Also see Beech Expeditor)

Air Force Flight Test Center Museum (USA)
8th Air Force Museum (USA)
Lone Star Flight Museum (USA)
March Field Museum (USA)
National Museum of Naval Aviation
(USA)
Pima Air & Space Museum (USA)

-

Hawker NIMROD

2+

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

1 known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft. S1581

Historic Aircraft Collection Jersey (UK
Aero Vintage Ltd (UK)

No information on unpreserved wrecks

Hawker OSPREY

0

EXTINCT

No known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

-

No information on unpreserved wrecks

Airspeed OXFORD

6 (+?)

ENDANGERED

No known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.


Imperial War Museum - Duxford (UK)
Midland Air Museum (UK)
RAF Museum, Hendon (UK)
Royal Museum of the Army and Military History Musée de l'Armée et d'Histoire Militaire, Brussels  (Belgium)
RNZAF Museum (New Zealand)
Taranaki Aviation Transport and Technology Museum (New Zealand) 
South African Air Force Museum, Port Elizabeth Friends (South Africa)

RAF Museum Oxford Airspeed AS.40 Oxford (MP425) - reputed  the only complete exhibit of its kind in the world. 

Percival PETREL Q.6

0

EXTINCT

No known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

-

-

Percival PROCTOR

17+

VULNERABLE


1 known Fleet Air Arm  wartime survivor LZ766/G-ALCK

Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre (UK)
Thameside Aviation Museum (UK)
RAF Museum, Hendon (UK)
Imperial War Museum - Duxford (UK)
Royal Museum of the Army and Military History Musée de l'Armée et d'Histoire Militaire, Brussels  (Belgium)

-

de Havilland
PUSS MOTH

6+

ENDANGERED

No known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.


National Museums of Scotland Museum of Flight (UK) 
National Aviation Museum (Canada)

-

De Havilland 
QUEEN BEE

1+

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

No known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre (UK)

Only one Queen Bee known, and it does not have a FAA history. (LF789/R2-K(BAPC.186))

Miles 
QUEEN MARTINET

0

EXTINCT

No known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

-

-

Stinson RELIANT

121 (+?)

NOT THREATENED

121 (+?) surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

Potentially all Surviving Reliants are former Fleet Air Arm aircraft. Further research needs to be undertaken.

Alberta Aviation Museum Association (Canada)
Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre (Canada)
National Aviation Museum (Canada)
Western Canada Aviation Museum, Winnipeg (Canada)
Museu Aeroespacial (Aerospace Museum), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum (USA)
American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum (USA)
Confederate Air Force  ghost squadron (USA)
Estrella Warbird Museum (USA)
War Eagle Air Museum (USA)

Potentially all 121 Reliants are former Fleet Air Arm aircraft. Further research needs to be undertaken. This would make this the most common of the remaining         aircraft with known Fleet Air Arm history. None are preserved in the UK.

Blackburn RIPON

1

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

No known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

Ripon IIF RI-140 at Vesivehmaa (Finland) in storage

No information on unpreserved wrecks

Blackburn ROC

0

EXTINCT

No known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

-

-

Supermarine SEAFIRE

17

VULNERABLE

17 known surviving Fleet Air Arm wartime and post-war aircraft. 


Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton (UK)
History of Burmese Air Force Museum, Meiktila Air Force Base, Meiktila (Burma)
Armed Forces Museum, Myanmar, (Burma)
Naval Museum of Alberta, Calgary, Alberta (Canada)
Polar Museum, Minnesota (USA)
Confederate Air Force, American Airpower Heritage Museum (USA)

No information on unpreserved wrecks

Fairey SEAFOX 

0

EXTINCT

No known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

-

-

Hawker SEA FURY

68 (+?)

LOWER RISK


No known surviving wartime Fleet Air Arm sea furies. Potentially all 68 post war built sea furies have Fleet Air Arm, RCN, RAN, other other Commonwealth naval air arm connections.
 

6 aircraft are painted with Fleet Air Arm markings and codes.

Fleet Air Arm Museum (UK)
Royal Navy Historic Flight, Yeovilton (UK)
Aces High Flying Museum (UK)
Fighter Collection Duxford (UK)
Old Flying Machine (Air Museum) Company (UK)
Australian War Memorial (Australia)
Museum of Flight - Naval Aviation Museum (Australia)
Camden Museum of Aviation (Australia)
National Aviation Museum (Canada)
The Naval Museum of Alberta (Canada)
Olympic Flight Museum (USA)
Valiant Air Command (USA)
War Eagles Air Museum (USA)

All aircraft were constructed post-war

Fairey SEAL

0

EXTINCT

No known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

-

-

Curtiss SEAMEW

0

EXTINCT

No known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

-

-

Supermarine 
SEA OTTER

0

only nose section survives

EXTINCT

No known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft. Nose section survives of JN200

Museum of Flight - Naval Aviation Museum (Australia)

Partial relict of JN200 survives

Blackburn SHARK

0

EXTINCT

No known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

-

-

Blackburn SKUA

2 incomplete

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

2 known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft: Cockpit and fuselage of L2910, and cockpit of L2940

Fleet Air Arm Museum (UK)
War Memorial Museum, Narvik (on loan from Norsk Luftfartsmuseum, Bodø)(Norway)

Restoration of L2910 fuselage proposed by Norsk Luftfartsmuseum, Bodø

Fairey SPEARFISH

0

EXTINCT

No known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

-

-

Supermarine SPITFIRE

203 (-+?)

NOT THREATENED

3 known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft. K9942, BL628, BL629
 

One preserved in a museum: MK9942 Medway Aircraft Preservation Society

RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (UK)
Indian AF Museum
National Aviation Museum (Canada)
Fighter Collection Duxford (UK)
Lone Star Flight Museum (USA)
RAF Museum (UK)
Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden (UK)
Alpine Fighter Collection, Wanaka (New Zealand)
Israeli AF Museum
Medway Aircraft Preservation Society (UK)
Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum (UK)
Australian War Memorial  Museum (Australia)
RAAF Museum, Point Cook (Australia)
RNZAF Museum (New Zealand)
Musee de L’Air, Le Bourget (France)
Malta War Museum (Malta)
NASM, Smithsonian Institute (USA)
South African Museum of Military History (South Africa)
Athens War Museum, Athens (Greece)
USAF Museum  (USA)
History of Burmese Air Force Museum (Burma)

Further research required to confirm all Fleet Air Arm aircraft have been identified

Fairey SWORDFISH

17+?

VULNERABLE

13 known surviving Fleet Air Arm or RCN aircraft, in addition 3 have unknown history and one served only with the RAF

See also Swordfish summary sheets

Royal Navy Historic Flight (UK)
Fleet Air Arm Museum -Yeovilton (UK)
Imperial War Museum - Duxford (UK)
Aero Space Museum Association of Calgary (Canada)
Shearwater Aviation Museum (Canada)
National Aviation Museum of Canada (Canada)
Museum of Transport and Technology (NZ)
National Air and Space Museum (USA)

Four airworthy Swordfish - See details in the FAA Archive 1939-45 PRESERVED SWORDFISH PAGE

Grumman TIGER CAT

12

ENDANGERED

No known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

Fighter Collection Duxford (UK)
Kalamazoo Air Zoo (USA)
Lone Star Flight Museum (USA)
National Naval Aviation Museum (USA)
Pima County Museum (USA)
USS Yorktown, Charlestown, SC (USA)

The Fighter Collection tiger cat Serial No. 80425 and registered N7235C, is the only one of its kind in Europe and only one of  twelve still in existance worldwide. 

de Havilland 
TIGER MOTH

397++

NOT THREATENED


 

At least 7 known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

 

FAA Museum, Yeovilton (UK) 
Aircraft Restoration Company/British Aerial Museum (UK) 
De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre, Mosquito Aircraft Museum (UK)
Imperial War Museum, Duxford (UK)
Museum of Army Flying (UK)
RAF Museum, Hendon (UK)
National Museums of Scotland Museum of Flight (UK) 
Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden (UK)
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (UK)
Woodford collection (UK) 
Australian Aviation Museum, Bankstown (Australia)
Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia, the Bull Creek Collection (Australia) 
Musée Royal de l’Armée et d’Histoire Militaire(Belgium)
British Columbia Aviation Museum (Canada)
Canadian Museum of Flight
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (Canada)
Collingwood Classic Aircraft Foundation (Canada)
Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, Brandon (Canada)
Indian Air Force museum (India)
Militaire Luchtvaart Museum, Soesterberg (Netherlands)
Alpine Fighter Collection (NZ)
South African Air Force Museum AFB Swartkop (South Africa)
Tiger Moth Vintage aircraft Co (South Africa)
Cavanaugh Flight Museum (USA)
Colonial Flying Corps Museum (USA)
EAA Museum Oshkosh (USA) 
USAF Museum (USA)
Western Museum of Flight(SCHAF)(USA)

FULL LIST OF ALL TIGER MOTHS IN THE HUNDREDS (see The de Havilland Moth Club)
 

T8191 (G-BWMK was on the strength of the Royal Naval Historic Flight 1972-1994. sold 1994 to private owner in Welshpool. It was built in 1941 by Morris Motors at Cowley and had a  fairly long service career with both the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.
http://www.stringbag.flyer.co.uk

Beech TRAVELLER

100+

LOWER RISK

Not known if there are surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft. Many Fleet Air Arm Beech Traveller's returned to the US and re-numbered after the war. Research is required to see if any are still extant

National Air and Space Museum (USA)
National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola (USA)
Staggerwing Museum (Tullahoma, USA)
United States Air Force Museum (USA)

Research required to see if other Fleet Air Arm Aircraft survive in the USA

Avro TUTOR

1

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

No surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden (UK)

 K3215 / G-AHSA only example 

Hawker TYPHOON

1

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

No surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

RAF Museum Hendon (UK)
Brooklands Museum (UK)
Imperial War Museum, Duxford (UK)
Jet Age Museum/Gloucestershire Aviation Collection (UK)

Only only complete fuselage exists and 3 additional cockpits

Percival VEGA GULL

0

EXTINCT

No known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

-

-

Vultee VENGEANCE

0

EXTINCT

No known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

-

-

Lockheed VENTURA

9

ENDANGERED

No known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

RAF Museum Cosford (UK)
RAAF Museum (Australia)
Museum of Transport and Technology. MOTAT (NZ)
South African Air Force Museum - AFB Ysterplaat (South Africa)
National Museum of Naval Aviation (USA)

-

Supermarine WALRUS/SEAGULL

3

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

1 known surviving RAN  aircraft. A2-4 a Mk V Seagull served with HMAS Sydney prewar. No known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

FAA Museum (UK)
RAAF Museum (Australia)
RAF Museum Hendon (UK)

No information on unpreserved wrecks

Vickers WELLINGTON

2

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

No known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

Brooklands Museum (UK)
RAF Museum Hendon (UK)

Mk T.10 (B.10) MF628  at RAF Museum (UK)
Wellington Mk I a N2980 at Brooklands Museum (UK)

Armstrong-Whitworth WHITLEY

1

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

No known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

Midland Air Museum (UK)

The only substantial Whitley remains in existence BD232 (major fuselage section)

Miles WHITNEY STRAIGHT

4

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

No known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

All in private ownership

-

Grumman WIDGEON

81 wartime built

LOWER RISK (wartime built)

4 known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

Museo Do Ar, Alverca do Ribatejo (Portugal)
National Museum of Naval Aviation (USA)
Pima Air & Space Museum (USA)

After the war many FAA Widgeon were returned to the USN - a number have survived. None are preserved in the UK.

Post War some aircraft were converted to Super Widgeon configuration and still fly commercially. Over 81 wartime built aircraft survive. Post war constructed Widgeons have not been counted here

Grumman WILDCAT (Grumman MARTLET)

61

LOWER RISK

7 known surviving Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

Fleet Air Arm Museum (UK) 
The Fighter Collection (UK)
Imperial War Museum, Duxford (UK)
Newark Air Museum (UK)
RAF Museum Cosford (UK)
Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon (UK)
Ulster Aviation Society Heritage Centre (Northern Ireland, UK)
American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum/Confederate Air Force HQ (USA)
Dick Hansen Warbirds (USA)
EAA Museum Oshkosh (USA) 
Fantasy of Flight (USA)
Kalamazoo Air Zoo (USA)
Lone Star Flight Museum (USA)
NASM, Smithsonian (USA)
National Museum of Naval Aviation (USA)
Olympic Flight Museum (USA)
Palm Springs Air Museum (USA)
Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum/USS Yorktown (USA)
Planes of Fame (USA)

Not known if other existing US preserved examples have RN history

 

Preserved Aircraft Lists A-H
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