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S.2B XN983 - Fenland and West Norfolk Aviation Museum, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

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Buccaneer S.2B XN983 at the Fenland and West Norfolk Aviation Museum, 2nd December 2020; Damien Burke

Built as an S.2 and first flown on 8th March 1965, XN983 was delivered to the Royal Navy later that month. In October 1968 she was returned to Brough for conversion to S.2B standard (Martel missile capability) and returned to FAA service in September 1969. This didn't last long as she was transferred to the RAF in June 1970, entering service with 12 Squadron, with whom she appears to have stayed throughout her RAF career. On retirement in 1994 she was scrapped at Shawbury, with the nose section being saved, initially as part of the Terrington Aviation Collection. She's been at Fenland since 2000, and is in excellent condition with her cockpit open for inspection and canopy on a stand nearby. The paint scheme is overall dark grey, representing her FAA service. Oddly XN983 had a doppelganger - ex-FAA S.1 XN956 was used as a battle damage repair training airframe at RAFG Laarbruch, painted up in RAF markings with 'XN983' applied as a serial number. In this guise the aircraft appeared in a BDR training video but watch closely and you'll see the small S.1 intakes that give the game away.

Information on this page current as of 02/12/2020, last updated by Damien

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