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Survivor XX885 (G-HHAA)

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XX885 - Hawker Hunter Aviation Ltd. (restoration to fly), RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire

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Buccaneer S.2B XX885 at Scampton, August 2007; via Francis Wallace / Blackburn Buccaneer Society

XX885 is the subject of a serious attempt to return her to the air here in the UK. She's complete, has always been hangared, never dismantled and has no corrosion. A complete IRAN (Inspect & Repair as Necessary) was concluded by HHA engineers in 2003 on the entire airframe and all subsystems. Custodial maintenance and ground runs are carried out on a very regular basis as per the maintenance schedules. Airframe and engine hours are good, the AP library is complete, they have acquired and overhauled a complete set of Bucc GSE and also acquired, inspected, catalogued, overhauled and stored a considerable number of Bucc spares amongst which was the entire Bucc spares pack from RAE Bedford, an organisation which like HHA operated a single Bucc away from normal squadron support. These stores include at least 2 spare engines. HHA is well financed with adequate resources to see the project through; however they are always on the look out for more spares, GSE and any spare APs - also photos of the aircraft in service. The good news in late 2005 was that the CAA had finally granted approval for HHA to operate this complex type in UK skies - however she has yet to take to the air; HHA have stated that operations of their Hunters (which actually earn them some money) have taken priority.

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