Thunder & Lightnings

Blackburn Buccaneer - Survivors

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.

Click on the serial of a survivor entry for further information. Please comment on any individual survivor entry you feel requires an update!

Complete aircraft

SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XK488NA.39Fleet Air Arm Museum (stored), RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset06/12/2021
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XK532S.1Richard Murray, Spey Bay, Inverness, Scotland17/12/2021
XN923S.1Gatwick Aviation Museum (runner), Charlwood, Surrey07/08/2023
XN957S.1Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset08/08/2022
XN964S.1Newark Air Museum, Winthorpe Show Ground, Nottinghamshire11/04/2021
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XK526S.2RAF Honington (gate guard), Thetford, Suffolk11/08/2023
XN974S.2Yorkshire Air Museum (taxiable), Elvington, North Yorkshire25/09/2023
XV361S.2Ulster Aviation Society, Long Kesh, Lisburn, Northern Ireland06/03/2022
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XN981S.2BMorris Leslie (stored, dismantled), Errol, Scotland29/11/2021
XT288S.2BNational Museum of Flight (stored), East Fortune, Lothian, Scotland03/03/2021
XV168S.2BYorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, Yorkshire25/09/2023
XV333S.2BFleet Air Arm Museum, (stored), RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset08/08/2022
XV350S.2BEast Midlands Aeropark, Castle Donnington, Derbyshire25/09/2023
XV359S.2BAndrew Landon, Topsham, Exeter, Devon02/08/2021
XV864S.2BRichard Murray, Spey Bay, RAF Manston History Museum, Kent03/09/2022
XV865S.2BImperial War Museum, Duxford Airfield, Cambridgeshire25/04/2024
XW530S.2BDavid Hamilton, The Scottish Deer Centre, Bow of Fife, Cupar22/02/2022
XW544S.2BThe Buccaneer Aviation Group (taxiable), Cotswold Airport, Gloucestershire29/12/2023
XW547S.2BRAF Museum London, Hendon, London23/04/2023
XX885 (G-HHAA)S.2BHawker Hunter Aviation Ltd. (stored), RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire14/12/2021
XX889S.2BSouth Wales Aviation Museum, St. Athan, Wales03/03/2023
XX894S.2BThe Buccaneer Aviation Group, (taxiable), Cotswold Airport, Gloucestershire31/03/2024
XX897S.2BAtlantic Air Adventures, Shannon, Clare, Eire11/03/2021
XX900S.2BBritish Aviation Heritage (taxiable), Tatenhill Airport, Staffordshire10/05/2022
XX901S.2BYorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, North Yorkshire25/09/2023
ZU-AVI (ex XW988)S.2BHangar 51 Aviation, (stored) Diemerskraal Airfield, South Africa24/11/2022
ZU-BCR (ex XW987)S.2BHangar 51 Aviation, (restoration to flight), Port Elizabeth International Airport, Gqeberha, South Africa02/12/2022
ZU-NIP (ex XW986)S.2BHangar 51 Aviation, (stored) Diemerskraal Airfield, South Africa24/11/2022
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XV344S.2CDERA (gate guard in Qinetiq Complex), Farnborough airfield, Hampshire12/01/2022
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 Africa17/12/2021

Nose/cockpit/other sections

SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
UnknownMDC test rigPrivately owned, Kent02/11/2008
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
N/ASimulatorSAAF Museum, SAAF Ysterplaat, Cape Town, South Africa28/11/2021
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XK533S.1Stoneykirk Aviation Museum, Stoneykirk, Stranraer10/07/2022
XN928S.1Gary Trigg, Gravesend, Kent24/06/2021
XN929S.1Flight Simulation Centre, Navenby, Lincolnshire
XN967S.1City of Norwich Aviation Museum, Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk06/12/2022
'XN972' (really XN962)S.1RAF Museum Midlands, RAF Cosford, Shropshire24/04/2022
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N/A Test RigS.2Marcus & Carolyn Cordran, South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum, AeroVenture, Doncaster, South Yorkshire30/10/2023
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XT277S.2ASue & Roy Jerman, Welshpool, Powys, Wales24/06/2021
XT284S.2AGlenn Cattermole, Felixstowe, Suffolk05/06/2023
XV163S.2AInternational Aircraft Solutions Park, Zeist, Netherlands18/05/2012
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XN983S.2BPrivately owned, Stoneykirk Aviation Museum, Stoneykirk, Stranraer01/02/2023
XT280S.2BDumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland31/08/2021
XV165S.2BPrivately owned, Ashford, Kent02/03/2021
XV352S.2BJohn Hume, RAF Manston History Museum, Manston Airport, Kent14/06/2021
XV867S.2BKen Ward, Morayvia, Kinloss, Scotland20/05/2021
XW527S.2BAlbino Panigari, Italy10/07/2021
XW541S.2BTony Collins, Lavendon, Buckinghamshire31/03/2024
XW550S.2BFrancis Wallace/The Buccaneer Aviation Group, Cotswold Airport, Gloucestershire05/06/2023
XX888S.2BBill Fern, South Yorkshire Air Museum, AeroVenture, Doncaster, South Yorkshire30/10/2023
XX892S.2BPrivately Owned, Lincolnshire08/08/2022
XX893S.2BLuftfahrt und Technik Museum, Werningerode, Germany10/10/2021
XX895S.2BMatt Johnson, Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre, Tattershall Thorpe, Lincolnshire10/10/2021
XX899S.2BRobin Phipps, Newark Air Museum, Winthorpe Show Ground, Nottinghamshire17/02/2022
XZ431S.2BAndrew Carnill, South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum, AeroVenture, Doncaster, South Yorkshire16/11/2021
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XV337S.2CRAF Laarbruch Museum, Laarbruch-Weeze, Germany24/06/2021
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XK527S.2DPrivately owned, North Wales28/05/2023