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S.2B XV863 - Privately owned, Weston Aerodrome, Dublin, Eire

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Buccaneer S.2B XV863 at Weston Aerodrome, 14th March 2016; Francis Wallace

Above is RAF Lossiemouth's previous gate guard, a gulf veteran (nose art - 'Debbie, Sea Witch'). Removed from the gate where she had been on display since 1993 (complete with ALQ-101 ECM pod, LGB and Pave Spike pod), she has been replaced by a Tornado. Acquired by a private buyer, she was transported to Dublin in late August 2007 and thence to Weston Aerodrome, where she was reassembled in short order. Rumour had it that she was destined for a local museum; however, she never moved from the airfield and with the business running the airfield having been liquidated, she was put up for sale! XV863 is now no longer for sale and still remains at Weston Aerodrome to this day. The picture above shows her looking a bit unloved back in early 2016. Since the photo was taken, XV863 has been moved to the other end of the airfield where she will be put on display.

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