JANET THE GANNET TO LAND AT
AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. – (June 21, 2013) – The world’s only flying
prototype of a Fairey Gannet T5, Janet the Gannet, will be
flying to EAA AirVenture
on opening day Monday, July 29. It will be on display at Phillips 66 Plaza
throughout the rest of the week. AirVenture attendees are invited to see this
historic piece of aviation history.
is a Cold War-era
Royal Navy plane designed for anti-submarine operations. The aircraft, which first
flew in 1954, is powered by an Armstrong Siddeley Double Mamba turboprop engine
which turns two contra-rotating four-blade props.
Designed by Fairey Aviation UK, Janet was
built as the first dual control T2 Gannet prototype in the world, and it is the
only surviving prototype of any flying historic military aircraft. It is also
the oldest turboprop airplane still flying. Surprisingly, Janet
only has 1,500 hours of logged operations.
plans call for the airplane to be the flying centerpiece of a museum of flight
and education center in New Richmond, Wis.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is “The World’s
Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention.
Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping
purchase, is available online at www.airventure.org. EAA members receive lowest prices on
admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call
1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAAupdate.
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