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S.2B XW541 - Tony Collins, Lavendon, Buckinghamshire

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Buccaneer S.2B XW541 at Lavendon, 13th May 2018; Daren Eaton

First flown in November 1971, XW541 was delivered to the RAF on 7th December 1971, entering service with 16 Squadron (coded Q) at RAFG Laarbruch. She also had spells with 15 Squadron and later 12 Squadron at RAF Honington. She was grounded in 1980 as part of the fleet-wide grounding due to an in-flight spar faillure of another airframe, and was found to have spar damage sufficient to make it uneconomical to repair her, and was stripped for spares.

In 1985 she was transported to Foulness Island for weapons effectivness trials. The cockpit section was acquired by Roy Jermand and moved to Welshpool in 1991, and then acquired by Tony Collins who moved her ot his home in Lavendon at the end of July 2011. He's been working on restoring her since.

In 2011, it was moved to Tony's house in Buckinghamshire. XW541 has been under going restoration for years, however, Tony has been struggling to find all the instrument panels and instruments for the cockpit to complete her.

Information on this page current as of 04/08/2021, last updated by Jake

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