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S.2B ZU-BCR - Thunder City Aircraft Company (for sale), Cape Town, South Africa

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Buccaneer S.2B ZU-BCR at Cape Town, 1st November 2012; Francis Wallace

XW987 used to wear an odd yellow, green and black paint scheme while in service with the RAE at West Freugh which was specially designed to show up on photographs of the weapons trials conducted. Losing that for a more common raspberry ripple scheme in her later years, she's now in an overall gloss black sheme, retaining RAF roundels as you can see.

XW987 arrived in South Africa from the UK on May 2nd 1997 and was being flown more or less continuously from then until 2010. Unfortunately with Thunder City being effectively shut down by the CAA after identifying various maintenance failings that cost pilot Dave Stock his life in the crash of their Lightning ZU-BEX, that meant ZU-BCR was grounded. She was put up for sale in 2011 and reportedly returned to the air on 23rd February 2012 in private ownership. However, in 2019 she was once again advertised as being up for sale.

Information on this page current as of 19/03/2021, last updated by Damien

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