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S.2B XV350 - East Midlands Aeropark, East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire

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Buccaneer S.2B XV350 at East Midlands, 12th July 2011; Damien Burke

Delivered to the Royal Navy in September 1967, XV350 went on serve with the MoD(Procurement Executive) and then the A&AEE at Boscombe Down from 1969, performing trials work on the Matra rocket pods that later became a standard RAF weapon. She continued weapons trials work from then on, on projects such as the Pave Spike laser designator pod, Paveway 1,000lb Laser Guided Bombs and Sea Eagle missiles. She had several visits to the USA during her trials career, being named 'Tequila Sheila' on a 1980 visit to the U.S. Naval Air Test Center at Patuxent River in Maryland. She was finally retired on 28th April 1993, having worn these early camouflage colours throughout. As such she is now the only only Buccaneer preserved in these colour, and is in excellent condition, sat on concrete blocks with wheel chocks and generally with all vents etc. blanked off appropriately. The engines could still be run up until just a few years ago and many of her systems are still live. Unfortunately the local council put paid to any more engine runs, as it seems having an aircraft's engines running contravenes noise pollution regulations. This at an airport where airliners thunder into the sky every few minutes...!

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