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Blackburn Buccaneer


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XX900 at Bruntingthorpe
XX900 taxiing at Bruntingthorpe; author

The Buccaneer hasn't done too badly in retirement, with a substantial number of complete airframes in preservation, three flying for some time in South Africa, several ground runners in the UK (plus one getting very close to flying) and various nose sections. The airframe, like the Sea Vixen, was built to handle the tough environment of carrier operations, and this stands them in good stead for display purposes, even in the great outdoors - especially if regular maintenance is carried out.

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Complete aircraft

SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XK488NA.39Fleet Air Arm Museum (stored), RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset01/09/2021
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XK532S.1Richard Murray, Spey Bay, Inverness, Scotland24/08/2021
XN923S.1Gatwick Aviation Museum (runner), Charlwood, Surrey10/07/2021
XN957S.1Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset29/05/2021
XN964S.1Newark Air Museum, Winthorpe Show Ground, Nottinghamshire11/04/2021
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XK526S.2RAF Honington (gate guard), near Thetford, Suffolk01/09/2021
XN974S.2Yorkshire Air Museum (taxiable), Elvington, North Yorkshire04/03/2021
XV361S.2Ulster Aviation Society, Long Kesh (stored), Lisburn, Northern Ireland07/06/2021
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XN981S.2BMorris Leslie (stored, dismantled), Errol, Scotland07/07/2021
XT288S.2BNational Museum of Flight (Stored), East Fortune, Lothian, Scotland03/03/2021
XV168S.2BYorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, Yorkshire05/03/2021
XV333S.2BFleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset24/10/2008
XV350S.2BEast Midlands Aeropark, East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire03/06/2021
XV359S.2BAndrew Landon, Topsham, Exeter, Devon02/08/2021
XV863S.2BPrivately owned, Weston Aerodrome, Dublin, Eire06/03/2021
XV864S.2BRichard Murray, Spey Bay, RAF Manston History Museum, Kent02/08/2021
XV865S.2BImperial War Museum, Duxford Airfield, Cambridgeshire05/06/2021
XW530S.2BDavid Hamilton, Buccaneer Service Station, Elgin, Grampian, Scotland05/09/2021
XW544S.2BThe Buccaneer Aviation Group (taxiable), Cotswold Airport, Gloucestershire29/05/2021
XW547S.2BRAF Museum ('Pauline, Guinness Girl'), Hendon, London29/01/2021
XX885 (G-HHAA)S.2BHawker Hunter Aviation Ltd. RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire06/06/2021
XX889S.2BGary Spoors, RAF Cosford, Shropshire05/06/2021
XX894S.2BThe Buccaneer Aviation Group (taxiable), Cotswold Airport, Gloucestershire29/05/2021
XX897S.2BAtlantic Air Adventures, Shannon, Clare, Eire11/03/2021
XX900S.2BBritish Aviation Heritage (taxiable), Tatenhill Airport, Staffordshire03/08/2021
XX901S.2BYorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, North Yorkshire24/04/2021
ZU-AVI (ex XW988)S.2BThunder City Aircraft Company (for sale), Cape Town, South Africa19/03/2021
ZU-BCR (ex XW987)S.2BThunder City Aircraft Company (for sale), Cape Town, South Africa19/03/2021
ZU-NIP (ex XW986)S.2BThunder City Aircraft Company (for sale), Cape Town, South Africa19/03/2021
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XV344S.2CDERA (gate guard in Qinetiq Complex), Farnborough airfield, Hampshire06/06/2021
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
412S.50SAAF Waterkloof (gate guard by living quarters), Pretoria, South Africa26/03/2021
414S.50SAAF Museum, SAAF Swartkop, Pretoria, South Africa25/03/2021
416S.50SAAF Museum, SAAF Ysterplaat, Cape Town, South Africa30/03/2021
421S.50SAAF Museum, SAAF Swartkop, Pretoria, South Africa28/03/2021
422S.50National Museum of Military History, Saxonwold, Johannesburg, South Africa

Nose/cockpit/other sections

SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
UnknownMDC test rigPrivately owned, Kent02/11/2008
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XK533S.1National Museum of Flight, East Fortune, Lothian, Scotland04/08/2021
XN928S.1Gary Trigg, Gravesend, Kent24/06/2021
XN929S.1Flight Simulation Centre, Navenby, Lincolnshire
XN967S.1City of Norwich Aviation Museum, Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk24/06/2010
'XN972' (really XN962)S.1RAF Museum Cosford, Shropshire07/12/2020
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
N/A Test RigS.2Marcus & Carolyn Cordran, South Yorkshire Air Museum, Aeroventure, Doncaster, South Yorkshire01/09/2021
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XT277S.2ASue & Roy Jerman, Welshpool, Powys, Wales24/06/2021
XT284S.2AGlenn Cattermole, Felixstowe, Suffolk01/11/2008
XV163S.2AInternational Aircraft Solutions Park, Zeist, Netherlands18/05/2012
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XN983S.2BFenland and West Norfolk Aviation Museum, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire02/12/2020
XT280S.2BDumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland31/08/2021
XV165S.2BPrivately owned, Ashford, Kent02/03/2021
XV352S.2BRAF Manston History Museum, London - Manston Airport, Kent14/06/2021
XV867S.2BKen Ward, Morayvia, Kinloss, Scotland20/05/2021
XW527S.2BAlbino Panigari, Italy10/07/2021
XW541S.2BTony Collins, Lavendon, Buckinghamshire04/08/2021
XW550S.2BFrancis Wallace/The Buccaneer Aviation Group, Cotswold Airport, Gloucestershire10/09/2021
XX888S.2BBill Fern, South Yorkshire Air Museum, AeroVenture, Doncaster, South Yorkshire01/09/2021
XX892S.2B(For Sale) Blue Sky Experiences, Perth, Scotland07/07/2021
XX893S.2BLuftfahrt und Technik Museum, Werningerode, Germany10/06/2021
XX895S.2BMatt Johnson, Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre, Tattershall Thorpe, Lincolnshire10/09/2021
XX899S.2BRobin Phipps, Newark Air Museum, Winthorpe Show Ground, Nottinghamshire29/08/2021
XZ431S.2BJohn Hoole, South Yorkshire Air Museum, Doncaster, South Yorkshire02/03/2021
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XV337S.2CRAF Laarbruch Museum, Laarbruch-Weeze, Germany24/06/2021
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XK527S.2DPrivately owned, North Wales