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Survivor XN928

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XN928 - Gary Trigg, Gravesend, Kent

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Buccaneer S.1 XN928 at Manston, Summer 1999; Ian Malcolm

S.1 XN928 was on display at the Wales Air Museum for many years, her paint scheme being a result of the rather unusual practices of the management of that long-gone museum - after the Gulf War, they painted her up to represent one of the Granby veterans (XW530). Previously it had been painted in a grey/green RAF scheme. Considering no Mark 1 Buccaneer had flown in either scheme, let alone taken part in the war, this was a bit odd. When the museum collapsed, Phoenix Aviation at Bruntingthorpe bought XN928. Badly corroded from many years in the open and exposure to Cardiff's sea air, she was scrapped and only the nose section was kept. Stored at Bruntingthorpe for some time, 928 was bought by a new owner, briefly stored at the Manston museum but has now moved on to the owner's home. She has been cut just below the cockpit floor in order to allow her to fit into a garage.

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