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S.2B XT288 - National Museum of Flight, East Fortune, Lothian, Scotland

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Buccaneer S.2B XT288 at East Fortune, 14th September 2005; Francis Wallace

This has been a rather reclusive Bucc - XT288 is the National Museum of Flight's example. XT288 has been restored externally (bar missing pylons, pitot probe and ECM bullets) but is missing her engines (at least that means no problems with dripping oil!) and her cockpit is near-gutted right now. XT288 had a varied career, serving with the Fleet Air Arm to begin with and then going on to serve with 12 Sqn, 230 OCU, 28 Sqn and 208 Sqn. Ending her days with 12 Sqn, a ground accident caused one of the wings to become twisted, thus relegating her to ground weapons handling instructional use only (thus she never had a chance to see service in the Gulf). Held in the reserve hangar at East Fortune for many years, she spent some time outside but is now to be found in the main display hangar as seen in the photo above.

Information on this page current as of 04/12/2020

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