EAA 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.
Janet 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.
Long-range plans call for the airplane to be the flying centerpiece of a museum of flight and education center in New Richmond, Wis.
About 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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Performers include national aerobatic champions and longtime Oshkosh favorites. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds previously announced Oshkosh on their 2014 schedule.
The appearance (July 30 - August 1) will feature both flight demonstrations and ground displays of the aircraft, which is based at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico.