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Buccaneer Gallery

Prototypes, Production, Testing and Trials

It features some of the very first TEST FLIGHTS and CARRIER TRIALS




Buccaneer Galleries:
Low Level : Low Level and basically being a 'Banana' !!! Faster, Lower, Longer (still sounds sweet doesn't it!)
including some of the Last Flights in 1994 into various RAF bases for disposal
Production, Testing & Trials: Production, Test Flights and Aircraft Carrier Trials
Royal Navy:
Royal Navy Era
Royal Air Force: Royal Air Force Era
South African Air Force: SAAF (South African Air Force) with 24 Sqn AFB Waterkloof

 

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'FIRST BORN'

XK486, the prototype, nearing completion
Photographed here in the security of the
'Skunk Works' Experimental Shop,
Taken in January 1958.

'Thanks John'
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THE FIRST ONE

An amazing photograph from the production line.
It seems that this is the very first production Buccaneer

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'THE FIRST ONE'

The very first Buccaneer is transported
through the streets of York under wraps.

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ON THE PRODUCTION LINE

Another fantastic photograph from the production line.
12 Buccaneers can be seen on this photograph!
The markings for HMS Hermes can be seen on one of
the aircraft with three others with the markings
'ROYAL NAVY' on the tail

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XT270

XT270 is delivered by road to HoSM.
Note the traffic hazzards of the day!

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HOLME on SPALDING MOOR

XK486, the very first prototype aircraft is towed out
from a hanger at HoSM ready for a test flight.


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THE FIRST TEST FLIGHT

Following a succesful 'First' test flight,
Eric Turner congratulates Bernard Watson (Navigator).
Derek Whitehead (Chief Test Pilot) is on the right.


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XK489

XK489 on an early test flight.


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XK524

XK524 gets airborne from Holme-on-Spalding Moor
Photographers got into some great positions in
those days!


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THE VERY FIRST CARRIER LANDING XK523

Derek Whitehead makes a 'hookless' approach to
make the very first carrier landing onto
HMS Victorious on 19th January 1960 in XK523
Great Weather!


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XK523

XK523 is lowered below deck during
the carrier trials to see how well the Buccaneer fits!
Note the nose and air brakes are open and
the wings in their folded positions to save space.


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Prototypes, Production, Testing and Trials

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