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Survivor XK532

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XK532 - Highland Aviation Museum, Inverness, Scotland

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Buccaneer S.1 XK532 at Inverness, September 2007; Francis Wallace/Blackburn Buccaneer Society

XK532 was the first Buccaneer to be allocated to the Royal Navy in 1961 and served with 700z and 809 squadrons at RNAS Lossiemouth Scotland, then for development work at West Freugh in 1964. After some 3 years she was then transferred to Manadon as an instructional airframe until 1984 and finally she was returned to Lossiemouth for gate Guardian duties. After some 8 years she was replaced in favour of the desert pink S.2 Buccaneer XW863 and then went into storage in Inverness with Ken Charlton. She re-emerged from storage in 2002 when James Campbell, curator of the Highland Aircraft Preservation Society purchased the aircraft. She was successfully moved to her new home on December 23rd 2002 for display at what is now the Highland Aviation Museum on the Dalcross Industrial estate next to Inverness airport. XK532 turns out to have a retractable inflight refuelling probe fitted - a rarity to say the least - and they are particularly interested in getting this working again.

Information on this page current as of 10/11/2008

Find other photos of XK532 on the following sites:

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