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S.2B XW550 - Francis Wallace/The Buccaneer Aviation Group, Bridgnorth, Shropshire

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Buccaneer S.2B XW550 at Bridgnorth, 17th July 2021; Jake Wallace

Delivered to 15 Squadron at RAFG Laarbruch in April 1973, XW550 spent all of her RAF career with 15 and 16 Squadrons at that same station in Germany. In 1980 the Buccaneer fleet had their wing spars inspected. XW550 actually had the worst the crack in the fleet. She was withdrawn from service and was eventually scrapped at St Athan, thankfully her cockpit survived!

The nose section was saved and bought by Ricky Kelley of West Horndon and stayed with him until late 2016.

XW550 was then purchased by Francis Wallace and The Buccaneer Aviation Group (TBAG). The cockpit was moved from West Horndon, Essex on 05/11/2016 to its new home at Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire. During that time she underwent a full restoration and repaint and was mounted on a trailer to be used as a traveling exhibit to promote the group's activities with taxiable Buccaneers XX894 and XW544. In June 2019 XW550 won the "Spirit of Cockpit-fest" award at Newark Air Museum's 20th such held event for an 18 month restoration project and attention to detail. The next phase of the restoration will see the application of electrical power to illuminate all of the instruments. It was hoped that this next phase would have been completed by spring 2020, but due to a new lease agreement being negotiated at Bruntingthorpe, XW550 had to be moved off site into storage in Shropshire where she will remain until 2021 when she’ll once again join her sisters XX894 and XW544 at their new home at Cotswold Airport, formally RAF Kemble

Information on this page current as of 21/07/2021, last updated by Jake

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