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

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Buccaneer S.2B XT288 at National Museum of Flight, 29th April 2015; Mike Overs

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 then spent some time outside but was again soon moved back inside for display. Unforuntulaty the aircraft can not be accessed by the public today as she was put into storage back in 2017.

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

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