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ZU-AVI - Thunder City (airworthy, for sale), Cape Town, South Africa

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Buccaneer S.2B ZU-AVI at Cape Town, October 2000; Hugh Trevor

XW988 arrived in Cape Town in 1996 and after a flight on May 6th of that year lay dormant until her sister XW987 arrived. Mike Beachy Head's Thunder City operation was soon was granted an operator's licence by the South African CAA and for some years ZU-AVI tore up the skies of Cape Town regularly, and appeared at airshows in South Africa. Unfortunately with Thunder City being effectively shut down by the CAA after identifying various maintenance failings that cost pilot Dave Stock his life in the crash of their Lightning ZU-BEX, that meant ZU-AVI was grounded. She was put up for sale by auction in November 2011 but so far no news has come out regarding the outcome of the sale.

Information on this page current as of 13/01/2012

Find other photos of ZU-AVI on the following sites:

Air-Britain - Airliners.net - Airplane-Pictures.net - flickr.com - WorldAirPics.com - JetPhotos.net - PlanePictures.net - Blackburn-Buccaneer.co.uk