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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, Somerset24/10/2008
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XK532S.1Highland Aviation Museum (FOR SALE), Inverness, Scotland13/06/2020
XN923S.1Gatwick Aviation Museum, Charlwood, Surrey16/05/2014
XN957S.1Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset24/10/2008
XN964S.1Newark Air Museum, Winthorpe Show Ground, Nottinghamshire09/07/2019
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XK526S.2RAF Honington (gate guard), near Thetford, Suffolk01/05/1999
XN974S.2Yorkshire Air Museum (taxiable), Elvington, North Yorkshire10/11/2008
XV361S.2Ulster Aviation Society, Long Kesh (stored), Lisburn, Northern Ireland14/04/2009
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XN981S.2BMorris Leslie (stored, dismantled), Errol, Scotland28/08/2009
XT288S.2BNational Museum of Flight, East Fortune, Lothian, Scotland27/11/2004
XV168S.2BYorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, Yorkshire13/06/2020
XV333S.2BFleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset24/10/2008
XV350S.2BEast Midlands Aeropark, East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire13/01/2012
XV359S.2BAndrew Landon, Topsham, Exeter, Devon06/04/2009
XV863S.2BPrivately owned (for sale), Weston Aerodrome, Dublin, Eire12/12/2011
XV864S.2BDefence Fire Training and Development Centre (crash rescue training), Manston Airport, Kent06/04/2009
XV865S.2BImperial War Museum, Duxford Airfield, Cambridgeshire28/10/2008
XW530S.2BIan Aitkenhead, Buccaneer Service Station, on the A941/North edge of Elgin, Grampian, Scotland13/06/2020
XW544S.2BThe Buccaneer Aviation Group (taxiable), Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire13/06/2020
XW547S.2BRAF Museum ('Pauline, Guinness Girl'), Hendon, London28/10/2008
XX885 (G-HHAA)S.2BHawker Hunter Aviation Ltd. (restoration to fly), RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire06/04/2009
XX889S.2BGary Spoors, Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire25/03/2012
XX894S.2BThe Buccaneer Aviation Group (taxiable), Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, Leicestershire13/06/2020
XX897S.2BAtlantic Air Adventures, Shannon, Clare, Eire09/07/2019
XX900S.2BBritish Aviation Heritage (taxiable), Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire16/06/2020
XX901S.2BBuccaneer Aircrew Association, Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, North Yorkshire13/06/2020
ZU-AVI (ex XW988)S.2BThunder City (airworthy, for sale), Cape Town, South Africa13/01/2012
ZU-BCR (ex XW987)S.2BPrivately owned (airworthy), Cape Town, South Africa29/02/2012
ZU-NIP (ex XW986)S.2BIan Pringle (airworthy, for sale), Thunder City, Cape Town, South Africa13/01/2012
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XV344S.2CDERA (gate guard in Qinetiq Complex), Farnborough airfield, Hampshire21/07/2003
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
412S.50SAAF Waterkloof (gate guard by living quarters), Pretoria, South Africa04/12/2003
414S.50SAAF Museum, SAAF Swartkop, Pretoria, South Africa13/01/2012
416S.50SAAF Museum, SAAF Ysterplaat, Cape Town, South Africa06/04/2009
421S.50SAAF Museum, SAAF Swartkop, Pretoria, South Africa
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
?S.?ATC, Mitcham, South London
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XK533S.1National Museum of Flight (reserve hangar), East Fortune, Lothian, Scotland10/11/2008
XN928S.1Gary Trigg, Gravesend, Kent10/11/2008
XN967S.1City of Norwich Aviation Museum, Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk24/06/2010
'XN972' (really XN962)S.1RAF Museum Cosford, Shropshire28/10/2008
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
N/A (simulator)S.2Flight Simulation Centre, Navenby, Lincolnshire
N/A (test rig)S.22157 Squadron ATC, Croydon, Greater London
XN979S.2Bill Fern, Aeroventure, Lakeside and Leisure Complex, Doncaster, South Yorkshire06/04/2009
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XT277S.2ASue & Roy Jerman, Welshpool, Powys, Wales
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, Cambridgeshire
XT280S.2BDumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland06/09/2012
XV165S.2BPrivately owned, Spanhoe Lodge Aerodrome, Northamptonshire13/01/2012
XV352S.2BRAF Manston History Museum, London - Manston Airport, Kent
XV867S.2BHighland Aircraft Museum, Inverness, Scotland06/04/2009
XW527S.2BAlbino Panigari, Italy24/10/2008
XW541S.2BTony Collins, Lavendon, Buckinghamshire13/01/2012
XW550S.2BFrancis Wallace/The Buccaneer Aviation Group, Bruntingthorpe aerodrome, Leicestershire13/06/2020
XX888S.2BTim Jones, Barnstaple, Devon06/04/2009
XX892S.2BLuftfahrt und Technik Museum, Werningerode, Germany13/01/2012
XX893S.2BBlue Sky Experiences, Perth, Scotland13/01/2012
XX895S.2BMatt Johnson, Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre, Tattershall Thorpe, Lincolnshire11/12/2016
XX899S.2BRobin Phipps, Midlands Air Museum, Coventry Airport, Warwickshire13/06/2020
XZ431S.2BJohn Hoole, Hinstock, Shropshire13/01/2012
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XV337S.2CRAF Laarbruch Museum, Laarbruch-Weeze, Germany06/04/2009
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XK527S.2DPrivately owned, North Wales