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Survivor 'XN972' (really XN962)

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S.1 XN972 - RAF Museum Cosford, Shropshire

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Buccaneer S.1 XN972 at Cosford, 10th June 2018; Damien Burke

XN962, despite appearances, never served with the RAF and is an S.1. She was delivered to the RN (809 NAS) in July 1963, and went on to serve with 800 NAS in 1964 (including time on HMS Eagle) and by the late 60s was with 736 NAS, ending her active career with NASU at Lossiemouth. She was withdrawn from use in January 1971 and scrapped the next year, with the nose section being retained.

This was used as a recruitment aid for a long time, being trucked around to various airshows etc. and has several cutaway panels so you can see the internal structure. At some point she gained the RAF colour scheme - and the wrong serial of XN972 - and has bounced between the RAF Museum's Cosford and Hendon sites, settling finally at Cosford. Pity she's at the RAF Museum really - it would make much more sense to repaint her back to FAA colours and display her at the FAA Museum at Yeovilton.

I also note with displeasure that when she was at Cosford some years ago you could look inside the cockpit for free, but when she moved to Hendon you were first charged £1.50 for the privilege, and now she's back at Cosford you cannot do so at all.

Information on this page current as of 07/12/2020, last updated by Damien

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