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Blackburn Buccaneer - Survivor XN974

S.2 XN974 - Yorkshire Air Museum (taxiable), Elvington, North Yorkshire

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Buccaneer S.2 XN974 at Yorkshire Air Museum, 2nd June 2017; Mike Overs

XN974 was first built and flew as and S.1, but was later converted to a S.2 - she was the first S.2 off the production line making her first flight as an S.2 on the 5th June 1964. This was the only Buccaneer that flew both as an S.1 and S.2.

The airframe on to the Royal Aeronautical Establishment in Bedford for work trials and from there to HMS Eagle for sea trials. On her return flight from the USA after hot weather testing, she achieved a record from Goose Bay to Lossiemouth by becoming the first Fleet Air Arm aircraft to fly the transatlantic route non-stop without the support of re-fuelling.

XN974 then retired into Elvington in 1991. She was later joined by XX901 owned by the Buccaneer Aircrew Association in the 1990s and XV168 from Brough in 2013.

XN974 is kept in running condition by the team of Volunteers at the Yorkshire Air Museum. Due to XN974 being a rarity, spares for her are hard to come by as she still has S.1 brakes and many other S.1 components.

In 2016/17, she was put back into her original Royal Navy colours she once worn which looks rather smart as you can see in the above picture!

Information on this page current as of 04/03/2021, last updated by Jake

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