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Survivor XW550

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XW550 - Francis Wallace/The Buccaneer Aviation Group, Bruntingthorpe aerodrome, Leicestershire

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Buccaneer S.2B XW550 at Bruntingthorpe, 5th November 2016; Francis Wallace

Delivered to 15 Squadron at RAFG Laarbruch in April 1973, XW550 spent all of her RAF career with 15 and 16 Squadrons at that same station in Germany. She was withdrawn from service after the 1980 grounding to inspect all of the Buccaneer fleet's wing spars, and was eventually scrapped at RAF St. Athan. The nose section was saved and bought by Ricky Kelley of West Horndon and stayed with him until late 2016. XW550 has been recently purchased by Francis Wallace and The Buccaneer Aviation Group (TBAG). The cockpit was moved from West Horndon, Essex on 05/11/2016 to its new temporary home at Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire. Here the intention is to mount the cockpit on a trailer prior to commencing a full restoration including the application of electrical power to illuminate all of the instruments. It is hoped that XW550 will then become a travelling exhibit to promote the group's activities with taxiable Buccaneers XW544 & XX894 (also based at Bruntingthorpe).

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