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Blackburn Buccaneer - Survivor XK532

S.1 XK532 - Richard Murray, Spey Bay, Inverness, Scotland

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Buccaneer S.1 XK532 at Highland Aviation Museum, 13th July 2021; Adam Poultney

XK532 was the first Buccaneer to be allocated to the Royal Navy in 1961 and served with 700z and 809 squadrons at RNAS Lossiemouth Scotland, then for development work at West Freugh in 1964. After some 3 years she was then transferred to Manadon as an instructional airframe until 1984 and finally she was returned to Lossiemouth for gate Guardian duties.

After some 8 years she was replaced in favour of the desert pink S.2 Buccaneer XV863 (Now at Weston Aerodrome in Dubin, Ireland) so XK532 then went into storage at Inverness with Ken Charlton.

The airframe re-emerged from storage in 2002 when James Campbell, curator of the Highland Aircraft Preservation Society purchased the aircraft. It was successfully moved to a new home on December 23rd 2002 for display at what was the Highland Aviation Museum on the Dalcross Industrial estate next to Inverness airport. XK532 turns out to have a retractable inflight refuelling probe fitted - a rarity to say the least!

In 2019, the collection at the Highland Aviation Museum went up for sale, and at the end of 2020, XK532 was brought by Richard Murray. There are currently no immediate plans for this airframe as the owner is still trying to find her a new home. XK532 is the only aircraft left on the former site of the Highland Aviation Museum, and she is now starting to look a bit overgrown but she is often checked over.

Information on this page current as of 17/12/2021, last updated by Jake

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