Aircraft Photo of XW988 | Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S2B | UK - Air Force | AirHistory.net #105292
Aircraft
Registration / Serial:XW988
Aircraft Original Type:Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer
Aircraft Generic Type:Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer
Aircraft Version:Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S2B
C/n (msn):B3-03-72
Operator / Titles:UK - Air Force
Location
City / Airport:FairfordMap
Region / Country:England, United Kingdom
Airport Codes:ICAO: EGVA   IATA: FFD   Local: -   Other: -
Event:IAT - International Air Tattoo 1987
 
Photo Date:18 July 1987
Photo by:John Allan
Photo ID: 105292
Photo Comment

At the time this shot was taken this special trials Buccaneer was operated by the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment at Boscombe Down but was usually based at RAE West Freugh in South West Scotland where it spent the vast majority of its operational life. It was one of three Buccaneers (XW986/7/8) built specially for weapons trials work. All three spent most of their time at West Freugh and stared out in the dark green / yellow / white paint scheme seen here but XW986 & 987 later gained the more typical "raspberry ripple" red / white / blue scheme. 988 was never repainted.

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