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Last Flight Limited Edition Flown Prints

Limited Edition Hand Printed 11"x 16" Photograph
BUCCANEER S2B XV332
208 Squadron R.A.F. Lossiemouth.

250 SIGNED & FLOWN ON-BOARD
THE LAST EVER RAF BUCCANEER TO FLY OVER THE BRITISH MAINLAND

(Actual Size 11"x 16")

Glenn Mason and Phil Walters (both Gulf War Veterans), down low at 580 kts in XV332
Sample photograph


Please Note: We also have a few signed by Flt Lt Glenn Mason who was flying XV332 when the photograph was taken. He was the final Buccaneer air show display pilot and was also, the first man during the Gulf crisis (see below) on the 2/2/91, to take a 'Bucc' to war.

UPDATE: Phil Walters has signed a very small number of prints for us, making this unique print package just perfect for the ultimate and affordable collectors piece or gift from an era when this venerable aircraft was at her best!

Signed by
Glenn Mason and Phil Walters
see below

 

The photograph of XV332, was taken over North East Scotland on the 14th February 1994, being one of many taken by Andrew Brooks for 208 Squadron during the final months of flying from RAF Lossiemouth.
Seen here, flown by Flt Lt Glenn Mason, the first pilot during the Gulf conflict to take a Buccaneer into war, at the controls of XW547 on the 2nd February 1991 and Flt Lt Phil Walters, the last navigator during the war, to laser designate a target for a Tornado from a Buccaneer, attacking an ammunition dump on the El Taqqadam Air Base on the 27th February 1991. (This attack can be clearly seen on the video 'Buccaneer-The Last British Bomber').
This photograph captures just where the 'Bucc' belonged and was at home....... Very very low-level at 580 kts.

As the imminent retirement date drew increasingly near, and while the final 'Bucc' sorties were being planned. It soon became clear that '332' was to be, the 'Last of the few' to fly.
As there were no other plans to mark this extremely important event, not only in aviation history, but in British, aviation history.  After all..... This was, the last flight of the last British Bomber ever built.
So to commemorate this FINAL RAF BUCCANEER FLIGHT. It was decided, by the Squadron to fly a number of Photographic Prints taken by Andrew Brooks of XV332 actually onboard XV332!!

250 prints were commissioned and delivered to RAF Cottesmore on the 12th April 1994 to await the historic flight.
XV332 lifted off the ground at 1430 hrs on a bleak overcast April afternoon for the short trip to RAF Marham, flown by Flt Lt Dick Catterall and Flt Lt JJ Parsons. The flight would only take half an hour, so to make the occasion complete and following true RAF tradition, to bow out in a style befitting only a classic such as the 'Banana Jet'! '332' carried out airfield attacks at RAF Cottesmore, RAF Wittering and finally an attack at RAF Marham, followed by a flypast over 617 Sqn's HAS site.
(The Squadron assigned to move to RAF Lossiemouth and take over the duties carried out by 208 Sqn Buccaneers for so many years).

Seen here on the run in to beat up RAF Marham and 617's HAS Site!

On approach, just visible through the grey, XV332 made her last ever decent to land.Touching down on Marham's runway at 1505 hrs on the 12th April 1994, she became the last ever RAF Buccaneer to fly over the British mainland, and thus closing the chapter on this awesome 'Last British Bomber'.

Dick and JJ Congratulate each other after landing at Marham, marking this significant moment in British aviation history!

To formally mark the historic occasion Flt Lt Catterall and Flt Lt Parsons proudly posed beside XV332 for a photograph shaking hands and holding the Limited Edition Prints. (This photograph is included.)

As the sun finally set on yet another, Great British Aircraft.

THE
BLACKBURN BUCCANEER.
THIS SURELY WAS THE END OF AN ERA.

Each one of these specially packaged collectors items comes with...

A LIMITED EDITION 11"x 16" PRINT, SIGNED and NUMBERED
by
FLT LT GLENN MASON *
(The pilot flying XV332 in the photograph, who was also the first Pilot
to take a Buccaneer into war during the Gulf crisis.)

AND

FLT LT PHIL WALTERS *
(The Navigator flying XV332 in the photograph, who was also the the last navigator
during the war, to laser designate a target for a Tornado from a Buccaneer, attacking
an ammunition dump on the El Taqqadam Air Base on the 27th February 1991.
(This attack can be clearly seen on the video 'Buccaneer-The Last British Bomber').

* Dependant on which print you choose and availability?

A SPECIAL FAREWELL BUCCANEER CERTIFICATE of AUTHENTICITY,
SIGNED, NUMBERED and DATED by the CREW who FLEW the FINAL FLIGHT.
FLT LT DICK CATTERALL and FLT LT JJ PARSONS.

A COPY of the ORIGINAL AUTHORISATION SHEET (Flight Plan), from the flight.

A PHOTOGRAPH of FLT LT CATTERALL and FLT LT PARSONS standing beside '332'
shortly after the HISTORIC FLIGHT holding the LIMITED EDITION PRINTS.
(see above)

Blackburn Buccaneer XV332

Print size: 11 x 16ins (A3)

Flown and Signed by Photographer
  Price: £25.00 
Flown and Signed by Glenn Mason
  Price: 35.00
Flown and Signed by Glenn Mason & Phil Walters
  Price: 45.00


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or have anything to contribute to the site in way of tales, stories etc then
PLEASE email me, Andrew

Also if you are ex aircrew, we can put you in touch with the BAA
(Buccaneer Aircrew Association)

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