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XV863 - Privately owned (for sale), Weston Aerodrome, Dublin, Eire

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Buccaneer S.2B XV863 at Weston, September 2007; Francis Wallace / Blackburn Buccaneer Society

Above is RAF Lossiemouth's previous gate guard, a gulf veteran (nose art - 'Debbie, Sea Witch'). Removed from the gate where she had been on display since 1993 (complete with ALQ-101 ECM pod, LGB and Pave Spike pod), she has been replaced by a Tornado. Acquired by a private buyer, she was transported to Dublin in late August 2007 and thence to Weston Aerodrome, where she was reassembled in short order. Rumour had it that she was destined for a local museum; however, she never moved from the airfield and with the business running the airfield having been liquidated, XV863 is now up for sale by auction.

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