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Survivor XV864

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S.2B XV864 - Defence Fire Training and Development Centre (crash rescue training), Manston Airport, Kent

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Buccaneer S.2B XV864 at Manston, 22nd September 2008; Francis Wallace

XV864 has avoided actually being burnt at all despite being a fire crew training aid at Manston, and is instead used primarily for aircrew extraction training. Unfortunately this meant the canopy was more or less permanently open and as a result the cockpit is in pretty poor condition with much of the internals removed. The remainder of the airframe has also been fairly heavily spares-recovered. In recent years she appears to have been put out to grass (literally!), and is more of a display item than a regular training aid - at least the canopy has been closed! In late 2020 she was put up for sale and was quickly sold along with other airframes at Manston. We don't yet know what the future holds for this airframe but she is now in a pretty corroded state having sat unloved and in the same position for 20 years or so. The picture above shows her relaxing in the golden hour back in 2008 and she can be seen today in the same position.

Information on this page current as of 03/12/2020

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