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Blackburn Buccaneer - Survivor XN964

S.1 XN964 - Newark Air Museum, Winthorpe Show Ground, Nottinghamshire

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Buccaneer S.1 XN964 at Newark Air Museum, 31st March 2021; Damien Burke

XN964 had served with 801, 800, 736 and 803 NAS and during her time with 736 NAS she took part in the bombing attacks on the crippled supertanker Torrey Canyon. From around 2008 to 2010 she underwent considerable restoration work, with much de-corrosion and a repaint into her early 801 NAS colours as worn on the first operational deployment of the type to Far East on HMS Victorious during 1963-1965.

That paintjob was looked after well and refreshed as necessary, and in 2019 she was still looking pretty good - a real credit to the small band of volunteers who work on her. She's now fading somewhat, due in no small part to the pandemic preventing any work for the last year or so. I'm sure she'll be high on the list for a refurb though.

Information on this page current as of 11/04/2021, last updated by Jake

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