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S.2B ZU-BCR - Privately owned (potentially airworthy, 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 from this view inside the Classic Jets hangar. XW987 arrived in South Africa from the UK on May 2nd 1997 and was been flown more or less continuously since then. 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 on 23rd February 2012 returned to the air once more, apparently now in private ownership.

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