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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, 30th May 2021; Adam Poultney

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, this is now the only Buccaneer preserved in these colour. XV350's engines could still be run up many years back along with many of its systems still live. Unfortunately the local council put paid to any more engine runs, as having engines running were not breaking noise pollution regulations. However, this seems just a poor excuse considering the Aeropark is placed just a few yards from East Midlands Airports runway several large airliners thunder into the sky every few minutes...!

Although XV350 is starting to look a bit faded now, its systems are still live and is overall in great condition today.

Information on this page current as of 03/06/2021, last updated by Jake

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