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Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Feb 7th, 2006, 1:33pm

Until the extremely busy Nigel gets round to updating the survivors list grin Here are some of my recent pictures of Buccaneers taken mostly in 2005.

XX894 Bruntingthorpe 2005
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XX900 Bruntingthorpe 2005
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XW544 Bruntingthorpe 2005
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XX889 Staverton 2006
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XV168 BAE Brough 2005
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XV864 Manston Fire School 2005
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XN974 Elvington 2005
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XX901 Elvington 2005
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XT288 East Fortune 2005
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XV865 Duxford 2005
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XV333 Yeovilton 2002
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XN957 Yeovilton 2002
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XN964 Newark 2002
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XW530 Elgin 2001
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XZ431 Bruntingthorpe 2004
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XX899 Coventry 2005
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XX893 Port Moak 2005
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XW528 Thirsk 2005 (oh dear cry)
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XV867 Thirsk 2005 (oh dear oh dear cry cry)
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XT280 Dumfries 2005
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XN962 Hendon 2001
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I hope you enjoy my photos, Plazz



Re: Buccaneer Survivors List
Post by Buccsociety on Feb 8th, 2006, 07:38am

Great photos Francis, must get around to putting some more of mine up once I have got sorted at the new house.
We might even see a website update before to long undecided
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Feb 28th, 2006, 8:05pm

I managed to add another one to the list today. This is the magnificent Buccaneer S.1 XN923 at the Gatwick Aviation Museum.
Of note is the fact that this is the only ground running Gyron Junior powered Buccaneer anywhere grin

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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by NigeC on May 2nd, 2006, 9:33pm

Me !!!! Busy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

No probs Francis - I will sort these pics out.

The "new" website has now been uploaded and should work and I would like to get any glitches sorted out before I do any more
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Post by NigeC on May 2nd, 2006, 9:35pm

Aaah THAT Nigel smiley

More haste, less speed

Nige C
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on May 19th, 2006, 8:57pm

Here’s a new one for the survivors list and two updated ones.
Firstly, Buccaneer S2.B XV359. This one currently resides at a place called Topsham which is not far from Exeter in Devon. I will post more photos of this Bucc with an incite into her future in the next couple of days. One thing I must immediately point out though is that she is privately owned and can only be viewed with the owners prior consent.

XV359 Topsham 19-05-2006
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These next two are an update to the previous 2002 pictures I posted.

XV333 Yeovilton 19-05-2006
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XN957 Yeovilton 19-05-2006
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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Buccsociety on May 20th, 2006, 11:40am

Please keep them coming, good shots in difficult conditions, Francis.

Currently on the lookout for recent shots of the following aircraft.

XV361 of the Ulster Aviation Society.
XV350 at East Midlands
XW530 at Elgin
XK526 at Honington

All leads would be greatly appreciated.

Regards - Nigel.



Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by NigeC on May 20th, 2006, 7:42pm

Plazz

Updating site as I tap this in

Nige C
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on May 21st, 2006, 9:52pm

For more news and pictures of Buccaneer XV359 follow this link:

http://www.buccsociety.com/aircraftpages/xv359/xv359minigallery.htm

Plazz
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by puma on May 29th, 2006, 11:17am

Hope I dont sound stupid, but how can anyone advise how to post photos.
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Post by NigeC on May 29th, 2006, 12:59pm

Hiya

Post photos - Can't help on that one BUT if can let me have it via E-mail I can upload it onto the web site

Will send you a PM with my e-mail

Nige C
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Buccsociety on Jul 19th, 2006, 6:39pm

Well, here we go again, I asked for images of XW530 and low and behold, Iain Clark came up with this one taken last week. The image is copyright - Iain Clark - July2006.

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The next image is of our friend, XX897, this image was taken by and copyright - Howard J Curtis - July 2006.

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I would like to thank both Iain and Howard for allowing us to display these images.

Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by NigeC on Jul 19th, 2006, 9:51pm

Nigel

On the website

Nige C
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Buccsociety on Jul 20th, 2006, 1:33pm

Nige,

You need to copyright Howard's image of XX897 as well.

Cheers for now


Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by NigeC on Jul 20th, 2006, 6:44pm

Tis done on the mini picture page and bottom of bigger picture
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Aug 16th, 2006, 10:14pm

Time for one new survivor and one updated one smiley

Updated is Manston Fire School's XV864 sporting the old blue intakes from XX894! (16-8-2006)
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My new one for the collection is Manston History Museum's XV352 (16-8-2006)
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If you haven’t guess it already, I was at Manston today grin grin

Plazz
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by NigeC on Aug 17th, 2006, 8:11pm

Tis on the web

http://www.buccsociety.com/aircraftpages/xv352/xv352_minipicture_1.htm

and

http://www.buccsociety.com/aircraftpages/xv864/xv864_minipicture_1.htm

Nige C
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Aug 24th, 2006, 8:47pm

Yet another survivor for the ever expanding list!

This is XW547. A former resident at the Cosford Museum, it has since relocated to the Museum at Hendon, sadly its current location in the building coupled with the poor lighting makes it very difficult to photograph sad. (22-08-06)

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I should also have mentioned some time ago that both Buccaneer fuselages XW528 and XV867 that are pictured over on page 1 are no longer ‘survivors’ These both having gone through the fragmentizer at the yard back in December 2005 cry.

Plazz
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by NigeC on Aug 25th, 2006, 7:07pm

Francis

Survivors list updated on the web site

Nige C
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Sep 16th, 2006, 8:32pm

Phew! Another new one for the list smiley
This is the cockpit section of Buccaneer S2.B XX888 which now resides at a private location in Barnstaple, North Devon.
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More about this particular Bucc can be seen on the website here: http://www.buccsociety.com/aircraftpages/xx888/xx888_060917_latestupdate.htm
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Post by Plazz on Sep 25th, 2006, 8:42pm

Here’s another two then.. smiley

First off is cockpit section XT277 at Welshpool in Wales. (25-09-2006)
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And secondly XW541 also at Welshpool, although this one is moving over seas shortly. (25-09-2006)
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As always, the viewing of these aircraft is strictly by prior permission.
More photos of both of these Buccs can be seen in due course on the main website. I will put the links here when the site is updated.

Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Buccsociety on Sep 25th, 2006, 9:15pm

Ah, looks like my contact came up trumps for you Francis.

As ever, great shots, still looks hard to get a decent shot of XT277, bout time Roy got himself a bigger display hall wink


Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Buccsociety on Oct 8th, 2006, 6:14pm

Next we have Ulster Aviation Societies, XV361, these images are kindly supplied and copyright by Neville Greenlee of the U.A.S, many thanks Neville.

The images were taken around the early part of this year as UAS move to a new home.

Airborne Once Again
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On Tow
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Outside
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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Dec 12th, 2006, 9:16pm

Its been a while, but thanks to fellow Buccaneer Trust team member Malcolm Coe we have a new survivor for the collection.
As can be seen from the photos, XX895 is in a very poor state and currently rests near Bicester, Oxfordshire.
A sad end to a once brilliant piece of engineering….

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Plazz

One more.....

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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Jan 13th, 2007, 9:23pm

It’s about time for some new ones….

First up is XV350. This immaculate Buccaneer resides at the East Midlands Aviation Museum. (11-01-2007).

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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Jan 13th, 2007, 9:32pm

This next one is a bit harder to see, so I’m grateful for the chaps who made it possible for me to get this close!

XK526 is the gate guard at RAF Honnington. She started life as an S.Mk.1 and was the only one converted to an S.Mk.2 as a prototype. A very rare Bucc indeed! (12-01-2007).

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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Jan 13th, 2007, 9:42pm

This final one is nose section XN967. She used to be kept at RAF Coltishal as part of the cockpit collection, but all the nose sections had to vacate upon closure of the RAF base. XN967 along with the other cockpit sections have relocated to the Norwich Aviation Museum (12-01-2007).

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(Nige C, I will email to you several photos of each of these new survivors to go on the web page).

Plazz

Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by NigeC on Jan 14th, 2007, 4:47pm

Francis

No probs - Will get that sorted as soon as I get them

Andrew - I will put yours up at the same time as Francis

Nige C
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Buccsociety on Jan 27th, 2007, 9:43pm

Two additions of XX897 on Saturday 27th January 2007.

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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Jan 27th, 2007, 9:47pm

Some real nice shots there Nigel smiley
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Post by NigeC on Jan 28th, 2007, 4:48pm

Nigel

Do you want that piccy up on the website ??

Nige C
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Buccsociety on Jan 29th, 2007, 5:21pm

on Jan 28th, 2007, 4:48pm, NigeC wrote:
Nigel

Do you want that piccy up on the website ??

Nige C


No, that's OK Nige, it just surprised me to see it that's all.

Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Apr 15th, 2007, 6:52pm

Alright I know this one has been posted in this thread before, but last Friday’s trip to Bournemouth was the first time that I have ever set eyes on XX897 so I’ll post some shots anyway!

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Francis

Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Buccsociety on Apr 16th, 2007, 06:26am

Had a Jolly time at Felixstowe yesterday (15/04/07) and have finally managed to see XT284 for myself, I must say that Glenn has really done well with the interior (some shots of this will appear later).

I would like to thank Glenn, Rosie, Jake & Ben, for there hospitality.

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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Buccsociety on Apr 20th, 2007, 9:15pm

A quick one from Staverton today, hopefully one of the last images to be taken of her from behind hangar SE3.

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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by huntermk58 on May 2nd, 2007, 8:16pm

Hi, I am new to the society, I have some photo's of survivors, but don't know how to add them.
NA39 XK488 taken April 07
S2C XV344 taken Feb 07

Can somebody tell me how to added them , in simple terms?
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Buccsociety on May 2nd, 2007, 8:26pm

Anthony, please check your message area of this board.

Regards

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Post by huntermk58 on May 4th, 2007, 6:44pm

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XK488 taken at Cobham Hall 29th April 2007

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Post by huntermk58 on May 4th, 2007, 6:51pm

XV344 At Farnborough February 2007

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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on May 4th, 2007, 7:38pm

Huntermk58,

I hope you don’t mind, but I have tidied your post up a little bit to allow your photos to display better!

They are great photos by the way, but I have a question for you. How accessible is XV344?
Its one Buccaneer that I would love to go and photograph!

It’s really good to see NA.39 XK488 enjoying a well-earned spell undercover as well!

Cheers, Plazz

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Post by Buccsociety on May 5th, 2007, 6:28pm

Cannot resist putting one up from today at Kemble.

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Post by Plazz on May 9th, 2007, 8:44pm

Buccaneer S.Mk.1 XN964, Newark Air Museum (08-05-2007)

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Francis

Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on May 9th, 2007, 8:55pm

Another new on for the list!

This is the cockpit section of Buccaneer S.2B XN983 currently on display at the Fenland and West Norfolk Aviation Museum.
The museum is only open on weekends and bank holidays so I must say a big thank you to the guys there for allowing me a private viewing earlier today!

Buccaneer S.2B XN983 (09-05-2007)
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As you can see, this is a very difficult Bucc to photograph!

Francis

Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Jun 10th, 2007, 7:45pm

Just a quick update…

After her move from Farnborough to Bruntingthorpe last month, XV165 is now sat upright on a temporary trailer whilst a new one is being constructed elsewhere. (08-06-2007)

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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Aug 30th, 2007, 8:03pm

Time for an updated one!
Minus several more parts since my last photo was taken and also now sporting a Mk.1 Canopy, poor old XV864 continues to soldier on at the Manston Fire School. (29-08-2007)

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Plazz

Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Buccsociety on Aug 30th, 2007, 8:06pm

Looking even more patchwork than ever before, at least the weather held out for you this time.
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Post by Buccsociety on Sep 10th, 2007, 8:41pm

John Hoole's impressive XZ431 at Kemble Open Day - Sunday 9th, September 2007.

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Post by Buccsociety on Sep 10th, 2007, 8:43pm

XX889 catches a few early morning rays at Kemble, Monday 10th, September 2007.

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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Sep 12th, 2007, 9:53pm

Ok, time for a couple of new ones…

First off is Buccaneer S.Mk.1 XK532 at the Highland Aviation Museum, Inverness. Back in the old days this one used to guard the gate at RAF Lossiemouth just up the road from the museum site. (11-09-2007)

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Secondly, is the nose section of Buccaneer S.Mk.2B XV867 which can also be found at the Highland Aviation Museum. (11-09-2007)

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Please check out the following link to see what happened to the rest of this magnificent jet: http://www.buccsociety.com/xv867/xv867_scrap_gallery_index.htm

Also, please see Hugh’s earlier post on these two Bucc’s which can be found here: http://buccsociety.conforums.com/index.cgi?board=general&action=display&num=1131805601&start=15

If anyone is ever in the area off Inverness, go and check out the museum, it is well worth a visit!

Plazz

Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Sep 12th, 2007, 10:12pm

After Inverness, it was off to Elgin and the Buccaneer Service Station to see Buccaneer S.Mk.2B XW530. I only just managed to get this one before the light failed!
XW530 still appears to be well looked after although she’s showing a bit of wear and tear since my last visit a few years back. (11-09-07)

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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by XV867 on Sep 12th, 2007, 10:54pm

Good work Francis,glad you managed to catch her before the light faded,many thanks for the recomendation ,please feel free to pass on my contact details to everyone at The Bucc Society,If any of you might be up this neck of the woods please be sure to give me a call, you are all more than welcome any time.
Best Regards,
Hugh....XV867
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Post by Plazz on Sep 16th, 2007, 8:08pm

Ok, time for one new one and one updated one, both from overseas!

First off is an update of Ulster Aviation Societies XV361. Good to here that she’s now finally back on display.
XV361 still regularly runs her engines and also has her hydraulic systems exercised. (16-09-2007)

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Next up is XV863. Formerly at RAF Lossiemouth but now at Weston Aerodrome in Ireland, Unfortunately she is not currently on public display, but hopefully this will change in due course! (16-09-2007)

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All photos are the copy write property of Leonard Craig ©

A very big thank you to Leonard for these updates.

Plazz

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Post by XV867 on Sep 16th, 2007, 11:05pm

Good to see XV 863 made it to her new home safe and sound,hope she gets put indoors before winter arrives as she is in good nick after her spell in hangered storage at Lossie.
Hugh ...XV867
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Oct 24th, 2007, 7:54pm

A friend of mine attended the families day at Scampton back in August of this year and has only just sent me this photo…

Buccaneer S.2B XX885 (22-08-2007)

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Thanks Mark wink

Francis

Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by NigeC on Oct 24th, 2007, 8:08pm

Francis

Picture up on Website - Any more of XX885 ??

Have you got Marks surname so I can credit him please

http://www.buccsociety.com/xx885/xx885_mini_pic_index.htm

Nige C
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Oct 24th, 2007, 8:17pm

Nige,

The photographer’s name is Mark Bushell.
Kindly, he has offered to post on to me a high resolution set of photos of 885 on a CD. I will send them to you once I have received them!

Francis

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Post by Buccsociety on Oct 24th, 2007, 10:54pm

Good to see a shot of 885, going up there myself soon, so hopefully I will load a 1GB card to the full.
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Post by buccaneer01 on Nov 1st, 2007, 11:00pm

Long time lurker first time poster!
Just wondering what the fate of the Bucc at Manston is? She seems to be a "xmas" tree right now?
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Post by Buccsociety on Nov 1st, 2007, 11:05pm

Quite right Peter, 864 has been used as Christmas Tree by oursleves, the Buccaneer Trust and the BEST Pirates, I cannot see it being to long before she comes up for disposal.

She was officially being used as crew rescue trainer but has since ceased to operate in this role.

Funds are being put aside for the fateful day, as she still has a lot of useful parts on board.
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Post by buccaneer01 on Nov 1st, 2007, 11:22pm

Is her cockpit still complete or??
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Post by Buccsociety on Nov 1st, 2007, 11:25pm

on Nov 1st, 2007, 11:22pm, buccaneer01 wrote:
Is her cockpit still complete or??


There is barely anything left in the cockpit, even the rudder pedals have departed shocked grin haven't they Malcolm!! grin grin
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Post by Plazz on Feb 13th, 2008, 9:12pm

Whilst at Cosford, I took a couple of pictures of Buccaneer nose section S.1 XN962. (not XN972 as the markings would suggest).
Although I realise that it’s a first class paint job and paint does indeed cost money, it would be nice to see this one in a proper navy scheme seeing as no S.1’s ever served with the Royal Air Force.

Buccaneer S.1 XN962 12-02-2008-02-13
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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by XV867 on Feb 14th, 2008, 1:01pm

Agreed, It just dont look right in that canmmo get up huh huh

XV867
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Post by buccaneer01 on Feb 14th, 2008, 8:23pm

very nice Cockpit section, the comments are right about the paint scheme though and gloss paint to boot! sad
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Post by Buccsociety on Mar 20th, 2008, 11:58am

A new one of XN964 at Newark Air Museum -16th March 2008.

Photo kindly suppiled by Mick Coombes.

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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on May 21st, 2008, 8:39pm

Its been a while, so here’s a new one…
This one is S.2 XN979. Unfortunately there’s not too much left due to the fact that she crashed immediately after take off from HMS Victorious in June 1966. The crew ejected safely and the aircraft was subsequently recovered from 300ft of water to allow a crash investigation. Apparently the cause was found to be a wrongly connected tail plane flap coupled with an un-tried stores combination!

Buccaneer S.2 XN979 (21-05-08)
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XN979 is currently on display at AeroVenture in Doncaster.

http://www.aeroventure.org.uk/

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Post by sailor on May 21st, 2008, 10:22pm

saw the crash/ lizard point L/T Gemley/LT Elliss 66 Hms Victorious. Also another identical one Oct 66 L/T CDR Eagles/F/LT Scrivens Subic Bay / Hms Victorious It was the same problem caused by the boffins at Boscombe Down insiting that they new the correct angle setting of the tailfin at take off and the pilots didnt !!The Smooth boy that flew out to Singapore to show them how it should be done ended up in the drink himself some 60 secs later /Wing cmdr Crossley book "up in harms way" confirms my account wink laugh
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Post by Buccsociety on May 21st, 2008, 11:17pm

on May 21st, 2008, 10:22pm, sailor wrote:
saw the crash/ lizard point L/T Gemley/LT Elliss 66 Hms Victorious. Also another identical one Oct 66 L/T CDR Eagles/F/LT Scrivens Subic Bay / Hms Victorious It was the same problem caused by the boffins at Boscombe Down insiting that they new the correct angle setting of the tailfin at take off and the pilots didnt !!The Smooth boy that flew out to Singapore to show them how it should be done ended up in the drink himself some 60 secs later /Wing cmdr Crossley book "up in harms way" confirms my account wink laugh


There is footage of one of these accidents on the video/dvd - "The Story Of The Buccaneer"
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Post by Plazz on Jul 2nd, 2008, 9:55pm

This one got ‘visited’ again today. There really is not much left in the poor old girl now cry
At least all of the parts are going to a good home(s).

XV864. Manston 02-07-08…

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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by XV867 on Jul 3rd, 2008, 1:01pm

Certainly could find a good home for those intakes wink wink

XV867
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Post by buccaneer01 on Jul 4th, 2008, 03:06am

Not much lefthuh
I see plenty of parts on her. Complete cockpit section could go to a good home as a project and the airframe could be spares recovered with intakes flight controls wheels anything else that may help?
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Post by Plazz on Jul 4th, 2008, 05:32am

Ah, I understand your comments, but…

XV864 has been very heavily parts recovered. The cockpit is just a shell, much like the rest of the airframe. Apart from the main flying control PFU’s the hydraulics are all but gone. The electrical items are no more either and she is also very heavily corroded.

XV864 is on an MOD site where she is highly visible to any high ranking visitors. It is for this reason alone that she must remain looking like a Buccaneer and not a chopped up piece of scrap!
You’ll notice that she sports the battered intakes from XX894. The wheels have already been replaced and she now sits on red/yellow painted transport wheels. The canopy and ejection seats etc have all had to be replaced as well because they are ‘visible’ items. Unfortunately, just chopping the nose off and leaving site is not a permissible option.

For the time being XV864 is set to remain on site along with several other airframes and until she comes up for tender (which will be no time soon) she has to remain externally in one presentable piece!

Plazz

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Post by Plazz on Aug 18th, 2008, 9:00pm

I dropped In to Newark earlier today to have another look at XN964. She looks superb in her new colour scheme with the markings applied.

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Well done to Mick and the rest of the team.

Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by XV867 on Aug 18th, 2008, 9:07pm

Cracking pic's Francis, Mick and his team have done a fantastic job on 964.
Thanks for posting those.

XV867
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Sep 12th, 2008, 7:17pm

I just got back from a busy trip up north and managed to grab a few updated photos. It was great to meet up with Hugh (alias XV867) again as well!

XW530 Buccaneer Service Station, Elgin…

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One of these days I hope see this particular Buccaneer in decent weather/light and with no vehicles in the way!

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Post by Plazz on Sep 12th, 2008, 7:30pm

Also whilst up north, I enjoyed another exclusive viewing at Dumfries thanks to a friend and got some new shots of XT280. Unfortunately she’s starting to look quite tatty and unloved with the once grey coloured paint now turning light blue shocked

XT280 Dumfries…
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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Sep 23rd, 2008, 7:04pm

I visited this old girl again yesterday for XX894’s much needed replacement boundary layer control blow duct pipe. Her scars from our many visits are quite obvious in the evening sunlight. The good news though, if it happens, is that there are now discussions to have this aircraft and the Phantom and Jaguar that stand next to her put on concrete rather than left to sink further in to the grass. All though she is currently out of training use, it was also very welcome news to hear that there are absolutely no plans to scrap her anytime soon!

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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by XV867 on Sep 23rd, 2008, 9:36pm

Sunset song smiley
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by buccaneer01 on Sep 24th, 2008, 1:54pm

She looks a bit unloved but with a good quality prep and paint, it could live out her days as a gate guard or static dispaly?
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Oct 19th, 2008, 7:13pm

Fellow forumite Anthony (huntermk58) has recently visited Buccaneers XX888 and XV359.

Firstly, starting to look quite unloved and somewhat overgrown since I last saw her, XX888…
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Secondly, although still looking tatty from her long exposure to the salt air at both Predannack and Culdrose XV359 is still promised a roof over her sometime soon!
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Thanks for the Photos Anthony!

Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by buccaneer01 on Oct 22nd, 2008, 2:02pm

XX888 does indeed look a bit sad. Nothing a good blast with a pressure washer wouldn't fix though Seeing these various cockpit sections makes me wonder if anyone at Brunty has thought about a cockpit for open tours as it could be a great fundraiser!
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by huntermk58 on Jan 6th, 2009, 8:24pm

Here are some photographs of one Buccaneer that has not been seen for a while XV337.
Many thanks to Richard Parr of Retro Aviation for allowing me to take them.

PS There is an article in the February 2009 copy of Fly Past on Retro Aviation.

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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Jan 6th, 2009, 8:29pm

How complete is this one internally Anthony?

Also, after close study of your pictures it looks like an ex BDR airframe?

Its not far up the road from where I live but I still haven’t got round to seeing it yet!
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by huntermk58 on Jan 6th, 2009, 9:05pm

Plazz,

The pilots seat is pretty complete, see the attached photo's

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History of XV337
To 800 sqn August 1967, 809 sqn July 1972 to Sept 1973. Back to Brough for overhaul and modification. Allocated to to A&AEE Boscombe Down for MRCA trials until struck off charge June 1984. Then allocated to maintenance (8852M) at RAF Abingdon for BDR, so never flew as RAF.

Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Buccsociety on Jan 6th, 2009, 9:33pm

on Jan 6th, 2009, 9:05pm, huntermk58 wrote:
History of XV337
To 800 sqn August 1967, 809 sqn July 1972 to Sept 1973. Back to Brough for overhaul and modification. Allocated to to A&AEE Boscombe Down for MRCA trials until struck off charge June 1984. Then allocated to maintenance (8852M) at RAF Abingdon for BDR, so never flew as RAF.


That would explain some of the strange instrumentation.
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Jan 6th, 2009, 10:21pm

The colourfull stick, TGT gauges and all three blow pressure gauges look really nice though don't you think?
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by XT284 on Jan 7th, 2009, 7:19pm

Well done Plazz, I have been after a photo of 337 for sometime. I think that she was scrapped with my XT284, and then ended up on the same scrap heap at Stock in Essex.
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Jan 7th, 2009, 7:28pm

on Jan 7th, 2009, 7:19pm, XT284 wrote:
Well done Plazz, I have been after a photo of 337 for sometime. I think that she was scrapped with my XT284, and then ended up on the same scrap heap at Stock in Essex.


Unfortunatley Glenn, I am not the one responsible for these superb photos. Anthony (huntermk58) took them and I’m kind of envious that he got there first!
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Post by Buccsociety on Jan 7th, 2009, 7:32pm

on Jan 7th, 2009, 7:19pm, XT284 wrote:
Well done Plazz, I have been after a photo of 337 for sometime. I think that she was scrapped with my XT284, and then ended up on the same scrap heap at Stock in Essex.



Within in a day or so of each other at Abo.
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Buccsociety on Jan 9th, 2009, 12:28pm

Just received some updated photos from Jim Simpson, of XV863 over in Weston, on the 20th August 2008, she looks as though she has had a repaint since arriving.

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And this shot confirms the damage sustained during road/sea transport, creasing of the fuselage around the Aircon Exhaust and dents to the Engine Intake.
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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by buccaneer01 on Jan 9th, 2009, 4:00pm

I can't see the damage you are referring to but what a nice job they did on the repaint!!
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Jan 9th, 2009, 4:31pm

On the last photograph just infront of the air conditioning intake can be seen some ripple marks. They are on the lower starboard side of the fuselage just below the engine intake. Also there is a small dent in the outer lower edge of the intake as well cry
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Buccsociety on Jan 9th, 2009, 5:03pm

Damage as highlighted.

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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Buccsociety on Jan 9th, 2009, 5:16pm

Anyway, I think we ought to put a bounty on photos of both the Errol, Scotland, XN981 fuselage and the reported sightings of XK527's cockpit in North Wales grin
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by huntermk58 on Jan 9th, 2009, 6:16pm

The previous owner of XK527 has got a photograph up for sale on ebay at the moment. I did ask if he knew where it is now, he doesn't, pity.

Huntermk58
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Buccsociety on Jan 12th, 2009, 11:57am

Found XX892, formerly of Christies Garden Centre, Forres.

Had a phone call from James England of Blue Sky Experiences in Perth, Scotland, confirming that XX892 was used in the "Ulitmate Puzzle Zone", not paintballing, as originally thought.

Sorry for the poor quality of the image, but if you make contact with James at Blue Sky Experiences, he may allow you access to photo the section.

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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by huntermk58 on Jan 12th, 2009, 8:10pm

Here is another for the survivors list, XW527 photos are from Albino Panigari.
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And outside
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Many thank Albino for the photos


Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by TT18Timbo on Jan 13th, 2009, 7:28pm

Did you honestly expect that to get past me without mentioning that chunk of what looks to be the mortal remains of the Shorts SC9 lurking in the background..? grin

Scorchio!
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Buccsociety on Jan 13th, 2009, 7:48pm

on Jan 13th, 2009, 7:28pm, TT18Timbo wrote:
Did you honestly expect that to get past me without mentioning that chunk of what looks to be the mortal remains of the Shorts SC9 lurking in the background..? grin

Scorchio!


Quite correct Timbo, that is the infamous Short SC.9, last time I saw that, was in scrapyard in Cornwall/Devon!! about 10 years ago.
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by huntermk58 on Jan 17th, 2009, 2:55pm

Updated photographs of some previous showings to the website XT277 and XW541, which is looking far better than it does on page 2 of this post. Many thatnk to Roy Jerman for making time for me to photograph them.

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XW541
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Enjoy
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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Jan 25th, 2009, 5:57pm

Nice to see XW541 having some attention spent on her. She looks a hell of a lot better for it!


Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Jan 25th, 2009, 8:54pm

Some South African Buccaneers

All taken in the JoBerg area last week.

422 at the National Museum of Military History, near the city centre: (© Chris Wood)
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414 at the Air Force Museum at Swartkop: (© Chris Wood)
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421 also at Swartkop, in need of some TLC! (© Chris Wood)
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There is another one (412) on a pole just inside one of the gates at Waterkloof. It is visible from outside but is not easy to photograph.

Many thanks for allowing the use of your photographs Chris!

Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Jan 25th, 2009, 9:01pm

Of note in the above photograph of 414 is the size of the slipper fuel tanks fitted to the Smk50. These were much larger than those fitted on their UK counterparts!

Also, the reason 421 looks so rough is because she was a victim of a violent storm that ripped through the area a while back. Although it cant be seen in this view, I have seen another photograph that shows the starboard nacelle and engine covers are all missing. Whether this is as a result of the storm is uncertain.

Plazz

Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by 747woody on Jan 25th, 2009, 9:55pm

Here's another shot of 421, showing some of the damage:

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and another shot of 422 showing the badge of 24 Squadron:

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There's lots of good information about the South African Air Force here: www.saairforce.co.za


Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Jan 25th, 2009, 10:15pm

Thanks for posting those Chris!

I had no idea that the tailplane was that bent shocked
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by XV867 on Jan 25th, 2009, 10:55pm

Great pics folks...Question though?? How come the pics of SAAF airframes on delivery usually show twin pitot tubes?? Yet they obviously reverted back to only the one on the port side on these pics.

Many thanks for sharing..lucky chap!!!

XV867
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Buccsociety on Jan 25th, 2009, 11:14pm

For the record, 421 sustained the damage due to a marquee collapsing on it during a major storm.

By the way, excellent photos, Chris and welcome aboard the BBS.
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Feb 25th, 2009, 4:36pm

I managed to get a new one today!

XX892 is employed in a ‘crashed aircraft’ scenario at the BlueSky experience centre in Perth, Scotland.

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This particular Buccaneer is on private property and prior permission MUST be obtained by anyone wishing to see it. Be warned though that due to its location, muddy fields and fences have to be negotiated to get to it smiley

Thanks go to Nigel Goodall for the contact details and both James and Emma at BlueSky for making the visit possible!

Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Mar 8th, 2009, 1:16pm

I went along to the Areo Jumble at Newark Air Museum last weekend and grabbed a couple of shots of XN964 whilst there. It was good to meet up with Mick Coombes again and also meet Tim (TT18Timbo) for the first time!

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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Mar 8th, 2009, 1:20pm

Myself and Anthony (huntermk58) took a few shots of XX895 yesterday…

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I’m sure Anthony will post a few of his shots later….

Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Jul 5th, 2009, 2:23pm

XV359 goes under cover at last…

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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Uncle Rog on Jul 5th, 2009, 8:55pm

I have a copy of a black and white photograph of XT286 flown by Flt Lt John Miles of 237OCU taken as he flew past the Tower at Honnington, I think it was 1976/77. If anyone would like to see it, how do I attach it to an e-mail?
Cheers " Uncle Rog"
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Aug 28th, 2009, 8:09pm

Apologies for the repetition, but I thought I ought to add one to this thread!

XN981 (25-08-09)
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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Aug 28th, 2009, 8:12pm

One more...

XX892 (25-08-09)
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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Apr 3rd, 2010, 7:30pm

I saw this old girl a couple of weeks ago but have only just got round to posting the photos up!

XX901 Elvington 2010…
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Apparently, when the new hangar is built later in the year she will be having a full re-spray before going permanently inside!

Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on May 6th, 2010, 07:23am

Matt (who works on XX900) took this one of XV168 at Brough earlier this week:

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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by huntermk58 on May 6th, 2010, 09:27am

Matt,

Nice photo,

How did you manage it, normally if you go anywhere near the place with a camera, BAe go ape, security!!!!!

Please tell how you got anywhere near it?

Huntermk58
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Matty on May 8th, 2010, 12:09pm

It was last Sunday, On my way to my Mums, So I thought why not try calling off there. I walked the entire site all the way round. Did you know there is a public right of way which takes you over the runway? and then around the workshops where you can spot the Bucc from behind. From the footpath you can see some old Raf aircraft fuel tankers. Lots of jigs and jacks to be seen and YES plenty of cameras. Just dont point you camera if theirs is pointing at yours. The shot of the Bucc was not easy, I just chanced it and I hope it payed off? I also filmed the frontage of site end to end. Nice mixture of old and new buildings. Many thanks Matt
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on May 12th, 2010, 9:45pm

I finally managed to grab some shots of XW530 at Elgin in the sunshine today!

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All my previous visits have either been after dark or in the rain!

Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by matt on May 13th, 2010, 5:38pm

were you checking out the slipper tank fit mate

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Post by Plazz on May 13th, 2010, 9:54pm

on May 13th, 2010, 5:38pm, matt wrote:
were you checking out the slipper tank fit mate


Ha! Yes sort of Matt. I was measuring up the rear tank fairings so that I can get some new ones made!

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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on May 17th, 2010, 9:10pm

Here is a picture of XX893 in her new home…

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Many thanks to Henk for the photo!

Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by matt on May 18th, 2010, 11:37am

I'll have to see if i can get some of that lip seal as it's the same as harriers, if not i know where there is some at brunty
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Post by Plazz on Jun 28th, 2010, 8:14pm

Below are some photos of XV163 at the international aircraft museum in the Netherlands...

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Notice from the photos that XV163 has been converted in to a simulator and rather ingeniously sports a sideways opening blacked out canopy as well as monitors and speakers inside!

With thanks to Ruud Versteeg for the photos!

Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Jun 29th, 2010, 1:40pm

Further to my above post, Ruud informs me that the museum intends to remove all of the simulator equipment and return XV163’s cockpit to original condition.

As can be seen from the photos, several major parts need sourcing such as the canopy which is clearly not the original. Any help with parts etc. would be appreciated.

Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Sep 7th, 2010, 7:31pm

Matt managed to grab a few new photos of IWM Duxford’s XV865...

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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by XV867 on Sep 25th, 2010, 3:03pm

on Jun 28th, 2010, 8:14pm, Plazz wrote:
Below are some photos of XV163 at the international aircraft museum in the Netherlands...

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Notice from the photos that XV163 has been converted in to a simulator and rather ingeniously sports a sideways opening blacked out canopy as well as monitors and speakers inside!

With thanks to Ruud Versteeg for the photos!



Panel here that would fit that baby..steep on the coin though...
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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Nov 23rd, 2010, 7:36pm

I dropped in to see XX889 today!

She now sits shorn of her wings waiting for the move to her new home...

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Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by buccbuilder on Nov 23rd, 2010, 8:11pm

Wher is she going Francis? are you allowed to say lipsrsealed.Regards Paul.
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by Plazz on Nov 25th, 2010, 12:18pm

Let’s put it this way Paul, if nothing changes in the short term Bruntingthorpe will soon be home to a fourth Buccaneer cheesy
Re: Buccaneer Survivors List (Updated Photos)
Post by buccbuilder on Nov 25th, 2010, 8:40pm

You'll soon have to change the name to Bucctingthorpe!!!!!!!!!!! grin.Regards Paul.