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Survivor XK527

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XK527 - Privately owned, North Wales

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Buccaneer S.2D XK527 at Aberdeen, September 2001; Les Taylor

The nose of XK527 was to be found at the Bournemouth Aviation Museum at Bournemouth (Hurn) Airport, on loan from Peter Milton who restored it from a gutted wreck. This particular Buccaneer was used for various trials work until it was finally scrapped. The transition from gutted wreck to the restored exhibit on display was shown in photographs and was most impressive! Put up for sale, it was bought by Mick Long who intended to continue the restoration by building up the currently empty navigator's position, and adding the missing intakes. He did get hold of some bits including intakes but then put the nose up for sale and she moved up to Scotland and new owner Les Taylor in Aberdeen. He mounted her on a specially-designed trailer which holds her 'invisibly' via the nose wheel leg mount. Les had planned to use for fund-raising for special kids, but sadly circumstances now mean he has had to sell her too, and she is now with a new owner who has moved her to Wales!

Find other photos of XK527 on the following sites:

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