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S.1 XN923 - Gatwick Aviation Museum (runner), Charlwood, Surrey

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Buccaneer S.1 XN923 at Gatwick Aviation Museum, 12th February 2011; Francis Wallace

This is S.1 XN923, part of Peter Vallance's collection. This particular Buccaneer was the second production S.1 and after a brief stint with 700Z NAS, the Navy's trials squadron and the A&AEE, XN923 was assigned to the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough and carried out a lot of test and development work, which included the fitting of the familiar fixed refuelling probe. It also had a detachable nose cone used for flying various pieces of equipment in.

XN923 is in good condition, having had a partial repaint in 1999 and even has her engines run up from time to time - a 'new' Gyron Junior was installed in 2011/2012 to replace the existing somewhat corroded example. XN923 is now the worlds only running Buccaneer S.1! The picture above shows her just before an engine run back in 2011.

Unfortunately XN923 hasn't been ran in a few years due to other on going projects at the museum. However, there are plans in the near future to get the airframe undercover for a full restoration and looking at there Lightning's restoration project, the Buccaneer will turn out amazing.

Information on this page current as of 06/03/2021

Find other photos of XN923 on the following sites:

Air-Britain - Airliners.net - Airplane-Pictures.net - flickr.com - WorldAirPics.com - JetPhotos.net - PlanePictures.net