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S.2B XX893 - Luftfahrt und Technik Museum, Werningerode, Germany

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Buccaneer S.2B XX893 at Luftfahrt und Technik Museum, 21st July 2020; Laurent Heyligen

Delivered on 20th October 1975, XX893 entered service with 16 Squadron, RAFG Laarbruch, coded V. She moved on to 237 OCU at RAF Honington in 1984, coded D and then onward to 208 Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth (coded first DC later FC and finally 893), and served with them until her final move to 12 Squadron (still coded 893) in late 1992, being retired in 1994 and disposed of for scrapping.

Eoin McDonald & John Morgan took delivery of the cockpit section of XX893 in mid November 2004, and she was then stored at Portmoak airfield in Fife, with the plan being to restore her to a good display standard so that she could be placed in a museum or other suitable indoor establishment where the general public could have a look at her. However plans changed and Brian McLain bought her in 2010, intending to install a flight simulator setup in the cockpit. Plans changed again and it was soon sold to Henk de Jongh later the same year and then onwards to to the current owner who transported it to the Luftfahrt und Technik Museum in Germany.

XX893 has since undergone a much needed restoration and is now fairly complete, plus a shiny new repaint which looks very smart as the photo above shows.

Information on this page current as of 10/10/2021, last updated by Jake

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