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« Reply #195 on: Nov 18th, 2010, 7:08pm »

I got sent this lovely picture of XX894 today and just had to share it!

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XX894 Lossiemouth 30/07/1991 © Denis Calvert
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« Reply #196 on: Apr 12th, 2011, 8:55pm »

Wow itís been a while since I last updated this thread. The reason for my lack of updates is that XX894 has for the past few months been facing a somewhat uncertain future with her owner putting her up for sale. Iím pleased to inform you all that XX894 has now been sold and her new owner Gary Spoors is also her previous owner from 8 years ago!

Anyway, thanks to Gary 894 has now has a secure future at Bruntingthorpe along side XW544 and XX900. Servicing and Anti-det runs have continued throughout the winter months as normal as the team were hopeful that 894 would remain at Bruntingthorpe. As a result of the sale, a new collaboration called The Buccaneer Aviation Group is currently in the process of being setup with the sole intention of preserving both 894 and 544 in running condition for future generations to enjoy. There will be more on this group and its activities in a later thread.

Below are some photos and video of 894ís first outing on the runway in 2011. The outing was to conclude with a fast run but unfortunately this was cut short when one of the ground crew spotted some damage to the port main tyre. A visit in a few weeks time will see this failed unit changed out for a spare.

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Tyre damage...
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Apologies for the video quality. Itís a bit shaky even by my usual standards!

http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f39/plazzdaman/XX894/?action=view¤t=XX894FirstRun2011Lo.mp4
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« Reply #197 on: Apr 13th, 2011, 2:15pm »

Wow keen eye by the ground crew spotting that.. if it had let go, it could have been interesting.... shocked
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« Reply #198 on: Apr 13th, 2011, 5:56pm »

thanks for that
you have to look for every thing as we dont need to have things bad happen to cause us more work than normal
but you know from instinct with alot of things
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xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #199 on: Apr 13th, 2011, 7:45pm »

Thanks for the update Francis,I wondered where you had got to!.Great to know that 894 is staying put, Regards Paul. grin
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« Reply #200 on: Apr 18th, 2011, 8:22pm »

I got sent this one today... XX894 is flying in formation with Hunter T7A XL614.

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The picture was taken by Denis Calvert on 7 March 1994, nearly three weeks before the cessation of Buccaneer operations at the end of March 1994.

This sortie was obviously a normal 208 Sqn training mission, as XX894 is carrying a CBLS on its port outboard station. It is also carrying a Westinghouse ECM jamming pod on its port inboard station.

With thanks to Denis Calvert/Inter-Air Press
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« Reply #201 on: Apr 19th, 2011, 6:22pm »

Very nice picture that Francis,Thanks for putting it up, and Dennis as well.Regards Paul.
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xx Re: Buccaneer SMk2B XX894 - Progress
« Reply #202 on: Apr 20th, 2011, 09:53am »

Beg to differ about item on inboard pylon. IT IS A PAVESPIKE LASER DESIGNATOR POD. I should know as I fitted enough of them while working on 208 Sqdn.

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« Reply #203 on: Apr 21st, 2011, 06:10am »

yep agree with cabbage def a spike pod helped load them to often to forget them
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« Reply #204 on: Apr 22nd, 2011, 7:44pm »

Well Iím always happy to be corrected by those in the know smiley

Thatís definitely and ECM pod on 894ís outer wing pylon in the photo at the top of this page though isnít it?
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« Reply #205 on: Apr 23rd, 2011, 05:59am »

[Thatís definitely an ECM pod on 894ís outer wing pylon in the photo at the top of this page though isnít it?
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Quite correct Plazz. They were always mounted on an outboard pylon, usually on the opposite side to the Spike pod.

Glad to be of help.
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« Reply #206 on: Apr 25th, 2011, 07:24am »

Following on from my last update, 894 was in need of some fresh rubber...

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After that it was back out on the runway for more testing and practicing...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vb6VFcEupVo

The video was taken by Ben who is far better a wielding a camera than I am! For those wishing to know the purpose of the I-Phone 4, itís a modern day airspeed indictor reading in knots. The original system doesnít start reading until 60+ knots so itís of little use for taxiing.

Unfortunately the starboard tyre got badly flat spotted on the run so it would appear that the anti-skid system is not functioning. Thatís the next job on the list then!
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« Reply #207 on: Apr 26th, 2011, 5:50pm »

More lock wiring for me to do by the looks of it!
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« Reply #208 on: Apr 27th, 2011, 1:42pm »

That video is excellent! I had a chuckle over the notice pasted on the mini shield in the rear seat regarding no cameras or cell phones while aircraft is mocing wink
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« Reply #209 on: May 1st, 2011, 6:22pm »

As 894's Anti-Skid system has come under some suspicion just lately I thought that it may be prudent to function test my spares. Iím pleased to say they work precisely as detailed in the Air Publication!

Control unit...

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Solenoid valves...

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Under test...

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Hopefully they wonít be needed but luck favours the prepared!

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