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Survivor XV168

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S.2B XV168 - Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, Yorkshire

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Buccaneer S.2B XV168 at Yorkshire Air Museum, 26th October 2013; Francis Wallace

XV168 entered service with 801 NAS until transferred to the RAF in 1978. Throughout XV168 many years of service with the Royal Air Force she was operated by 12 and 208 Squadrons and 237 OCU. Upon the retirement of the Buccaneer from Royal Air Force service XV168 was selected to return to its place of birth at Brough, now part of BAE Systems. On 15th October 1993 XV168
made her last flight and became to only Buccaneer ever to land at Brough with the help of a portable airfield arrestor system and its tail hook. She was put on display there as a memorial to the test pilots and flight test observers who lost their lives in the development of the type. Later donated by BAE to the Yorkshire Air Museum, she was moved there in August 2013. The aircraft is in generally good condition with a mostly complete cockpit, but manpower was short so no restoration efforts began until May 2019. While she has engines, many of the associated accessories have been robbed from them so she is unlikely to ever run again. However, efforts are underway to get her hydraulically live and to that end the airbrake has been brought back into operation already, with the intention being to get the wingfold working and get her into a hangar for a repaint. Keep up to date with the restoration here.

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