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S.1 XN967 - City of Norwich Aviation Museum, Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk

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Buccaneer S.1 XN967 at City of Norwich Aviation Museum, 19th July 2014; Richard E Flagg

XN967 was one of the first batch of S.1s produced, entering service with 809 NAS at RNAS Lossiemouth in October 1963. By March 1965 she had been transferred to 736 NAS, and by 1970 was with NASU, still at Lossiemouth.

After retirement, she was put on display at the Flambards Theme Park at Helston in Cornwall, but she was sold and scrapped in 1995, but thankfully the nose survived. The cockpit of XN967 was stored for some time at the Muckleburgh Collection, one of the country's premier armoured vehicle collections, here she suffered somewhat due to a life being outdoors for many years and was looking pretty tatty. The nose section was then acquired by Mick Jennings at RAF Coltishall to add to his collection of cockpits, and his team lost no time in stripping it and repainting her while restoring missing items including the rear ejection seat. The team did an outstanding job on her repaint which still looks rather shiny to this day! With the closure of RAF Coltishall, the nose moved to the City of Norwich Aviation Museum, where she spent a short time on display outside until a purpose-built hangar was erected. XN967 is now on display, undercover, and looks to be in great condition!

Information on this page current as of 16/12/2021, last updated by Jake

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