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Last Flight Limited Edition Flown Prints

Special Edition Print No SP40
33 Years of Buccaneers 1961 - 1994
BUCCANEER S2D XV869 '020'
809 Naval Air Squadron HMS Ark Royal.
(Size 11" x 17")

Limited to ONLY 100 Signed & Flown

100 SQUADRON PRINTS of BUCCANEER XV869
were flown on the final flight of the jet chosen to represent 809 NAS
(The last Naval Air Squadron to fly a Buccaneer off HMS Ark Royal on the 27th of February 1978)
for the few remaining months of operational flying up until the 1st April 1994. The date set
for 208 Sqn to stand down their Buccaneer commitment to NATO


Squadron Print SP40 XV869 '020' in the markings of 809 NAS HMS Ark Royal.
Beautifully illustrated in colour and featuring the Sqn crests of all Navy units to fly
the Buccaneer this special print represents the Royal Navy and the S2D version


 

The aircraft chosen was XX894. (A Gulf war veteran.) Painted in high gloss navy blue, also in identical markings to those illustrated on the Limited Edition Print (even down to the code on the nose '020') she was a credit to the lads in the paint shop.
Many a tear fell as the final 'Diamond nine' flypast, of which '894' was a member, took place at Lossiemouth during the 'FAREWELL BUCCANEER' weekend held on the 26th-27th March 1994.

Flying over the once naval airfield in those splendid Royal Navy colours, obviously brought back many memories for the specially invited guests, many of which had served with the Navy and had travelled great distances to see these venerable aircraft fly for the last time.

The final flight of the 'Navy Jet' (as it was, by now affectionately known), was to become even more historic, as the last man ever to fly XX894, was none other than the 'Boss' himself, Wg Cdr Nigel Huckins, the Officer Commanding 208 squadron.
The aircraft, callsign 'Blackburn Last Of The Few', took-off from RAF Lossiemouth at 0900 hrs on the 7th April 1994 lead aircraft of four Buccaneers. All in-bound to RAF St Athan in Wales.

Onboard.....
Wg Cdr Huckins and Flt Lt JJ Parsons at the helm of this very British jet, knowing only to well they were taking the 'old lady' on her last flight. A last flight of many. After all....It was not so long ago when XX894 thundered along the runway at Muharraq, Bahrain, to make her contribution in Operation Granby'. (An element of 'Desert Storm.') A full war load slung beneath her, ready to spike targets, not only for the Tornado GR-1's but for herself. Self designating a 1000 lb LGB (Laser Guided Bomb) on at least one occasion.

On approach to St Athan, wheels down lights ablaze. 'The Navy Jet', first of the four Buccaneers to land, touched down at 1020 hrs to a mass of press and a film crew, all ready to record the historic moment.....
As history was made once more, the four Buccaneers, XV352, XW527, XX899 and of course XX894, on an incredibly wind swept St Athan dispersal, taxied-in, lined-up adjacent to one another and simultaneously shut down their engines for the last time.

The ear-splitting thunder of the eight Rolls Royce Spey Mk 101 Turbo fans reluctantly winding down in harmony, ending with their usual high pitched whine, will, I'm sure remain with the eight aircrew, the numerous ground crew and myself for many years to come.
As the turbo fan blades came to their inevitable stop. The aircrew posed for pictures, and gave interviews to the local television news team, to be shown later that evening.

SIGNED PRINTS FLOWN ONBOARD
XX894 lands for the final time at
RAF St Athan 7/4/1994
Our Prints Onboard
(this photograph is included)
© Andrew Brooks

 

 

Wg Cdr Huckins and Flt Lt Parsons proudly pose next to Gulf War Veteran Buccaneer XX894 the 'Navy Jet' for a photograph after her final flight RAF St Athan 7th April 1994 (this photograph is included)
© Andrew Brooks
As the final turn of the giant turbo-fans passed by unnoticed by the excited onlookers. Buccaneer S2B XX894 which had served her country for nineteen years and had performed admirably throughout the Gulf War, carrying out seven successful missions had flown her final flight. The engines were now silent..... All that remained was the wind.

 

THE LAST OF THE FEW

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

A XV869 (SP40) Sqn Print flown onboard the final flight of XX894
on 7th April 1994 Signed
by the Aircrew who flew this Flight
WG CDR NIGEL HUCKINS and FLT LT JON PARSONS

A special Farewell Buccaneer Certificate of Authenticity
Signed and Numbered by the Aircrew who flew the Final Flight
WG CDR NIGEL HUCKINS and FLT LT JON PARSONS

A copy of the Original Authorisation Sheet
(Flight Plan), from the flight.

A Photograph of WG CDR NIGEL HUCKINS and FLT LT JON PARSONS
standing beside XX894 shortly after landing (see above)

A Photograph of XX894 just minutes after landing as she taxi's towards the pan
at RAF St Athan (see above right)


Please note: Not many left now


Blackburn Buccaneer Sqn Print XV869

33 Years of Buccaneers 1961 - 1994
BUCCANEER S2D XV869 '020'
809 Naval Air Squadron HMS Ark Royal.


Print size: 11" x 17" 

Flown and Signed by Wg Cdr Huckins and Flt Lt Parsonse
Price: £45.00 


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or have anything to contribute to the site in way of tales, stories etc then
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