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S.1 XK533 - National Museum of Flight, East Fortune, Lothian, Scotland

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Buccaneer S.1 XK533 at National Museum of Flight, May 1997; Damien Burke

Hidden away in the reserve hangar at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune is this Buccaneer forward cockpit section. Used for several years as a sit-in exhibit, it's mostly gutted with the instrument panel represented by a painted wooden panel. Finally the museum decided that it was looking a bit too tatty so they moved it here and intended to restore it. The ejector seat's a bit of a mystery - it has a Lightning serial marked on it for a start! XK533 was then put into 'deep storage' due to "health and safety issues". After being unloved in deep storage at the museum for decades, in February 2021 she has went up for sale!

Information on this page current as of 04/08/2021, last updated by Jake

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