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« Thread started on: Jan 4th, 2009, 3:43pm »

After a long time of searching I have finally found a photograph of the illusive ‘Arctic Buccaneer’
In every book or video that I have on the subject, I have never seen a picture or reference to the Arctic camouflaged Buccaneers that were used in Canada back in 1977. Even many a search on the web got me nowhere. Fortunately, I had a conversation with Norman Roberson yesterday (Norman used to fly the Buccaneer) and he finally put me out of my misery by kindly supplying the photograph below…

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The Aircraft is XV160 and the photograph was taken by Adrian Balch at Goose Bay, Newfoundland, on 24 April 1977. Norman was unsure of whether XV160 was on its way to "Maple Flag" at Cold Lake, or on its way back to Honington when the picture was taken?

I couldn’t identify the contents of the bomb bay but Norman has informed me that he thinks that the item at the front of the bomb bay is an item of ground equipment that was being carried in the aircraft. The large item in the main body of the bomb bay is a baggage container that was produced by the Station Engineering Workshops at Honington, to enable the aircrew to carry there personal baggage and clothes etc when they went on detachment!

All in all I think this is a fantastic photograph and I’m thrilled that I’ve finally seen a Buccaneer in this rare paint scheme!
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« Reply #1 on: Jan 4th, 2009, 3:58pm »

Now that is gorgeous!!

That is crying out be be applied to a preserved Bucc, it suits the old girls curves so well

Thanks for sharing cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 4th, 2009, 6:32pm »

Have to agree with Timbo, that would be a fantastic scheme to see on a preserved Bucc!
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 6th, 2009, 4:11pm »

After studying the high resolution version of the above photograph, myself and Norman are convinced that it is actually a spare nose wheel that is being carried in the forward part of the bomb bay smiley
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 7th, 2009, 7:25pm »

This picture was taken on the pan at Honington. The nuke dump watch tower is in the background and to the left is the future 216 Sqn line hut.
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« Reply #5 on: Jan 7th, 2009, 7:34pm »

on Jan 7th, 2009, 7:25pm, George Dobie wrote:
This picture was taken on the pan at Honington. The nuke dump watch tower is in the background and to the left is the future 216 Sqn line hut.


Well that'll put the cat amonst the pigeons when I chat with Norman next? shocked
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 22nd, 2009, 7:02pm »

on Jan 7th, 2009, 7:25pm, George Dobie wrote:
This picture was taken on the pan at Honington. The nuke dump watch tower is in the background and to the left is the future 216 Sqn line hut.


Yep! Just what I was thinking, except this is a 208 kite with rear facing the runway and dump, usually their line was on the hangars side. So, that would make it the 12 Sqn linehut?
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« Reply #7 on: Jan 23rd, 2009, 7:57pm »

When the photo was taken in 1977, 12 and 208 were sharing A hangar. During this period 208 had aircraft painted in both arctic and desert (Red Flag) colours, and many hours was spent scrubbing the bloody ARTF paint off. This provided great amusement to those of us who 'Lead the Field'.
There were 20 to 24 Buccs in the hangar plus two lots of ground equipment and tractors -- and the Navy thought it was tight on the Ark Royal. There wasn't enough room to get your head between the wing folds.
One nightshift there was a power cut and nobody could move. They had to send lads out with torchs, to bring us back into the office.
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« Reply #8 on: Jan 25th, 2009, 8:29pm »

on Jan 7th, 2009, 7:25pm, George Dobie wrote:
This picture was taken on the pan at Honington. The nuke dump watch tower is in the background and to the left is the future 216 Sqn line hut.


I have now had confirmation from Norman Roberson via the original photographer that the location is indeed Honington. Apologies for the error rolleyes

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« Reply #9 on: Dec 4th, 2010, 09:40am »

Neither "Maple Flag" at Cold Lake, nor on its way back to Honington; it was taken immediately before 208's Red Flag workup at Goose Bay. I flew XV160 at Goose on 10th & 12th May 1977.

This paint scheme was a flop, as it stood out like the proverbial dog's b###s" alongside the other Buccs when flying. It was painted in a water-based paint, so that it could be removed before RTB. Unfortunately, it came off easily in rain as well!
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