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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 Horsham St. Faith, 21st April 2007; Damien Burke

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, with only the nose surviving. Stored for some time at the Muckleburgh Collection, one of the country's premier armoured vehicle collections, she suffered somewhat from life out of doors for many years and was looking pretty tatty. The nose was then acquired by Mick Jennings at RAF Coltishall to add to his collection of noses, and his team lost no time in stripping it and repainting her while restoring missing items including the rear ejection seat. Fully restored, with the closure of RAF Coltishall the nose moved to the City of Norwich Aviation Museum, where she spent some time on display outside until a purpose built hangar was erected, and she's now permanently indoors.

Information on this page current as of 24/06/2010, last updated by Damien

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