Yorkshire Air Museum gears up for Buccaneer Day

The Elvington-based attraction will mark 30 years since the classic jet retired from RAF service on Saturday, April 6

Originally designed for use by the Royal Navy in a bid to counter Soviet submarines, the Blackburn Buccaneer served in several roles, one of which was as a potential nuclear bomber during the Cold War. The type saw action during the first Gulf War.

The Yorkshire Air Museum can boast no fewer than three Buccaneers within its extensive collection. These wear the colours of the Royal Navy, RAF Germany and operation Desert Storm. On Saturday, April 6 the trio will be on display together outside the main hangar, side by side, and the public will have a chance to get a little closer than normal.

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The highlight of the day will be a live running of the ‘Navy Bucc’ – aircraft XN974 – which will fire up its engines for a static run that is sure to blow away the cobwebs (subject to serviceability). In the evening there will be a night photography shoot – a rare opportunity to photograph the three classic jets under specially lit conditions, complete with re-enactors posing as pilots.

There is no extra charge for the daytime events, but the Buccaneer Night Shoot will cost £35. Tea and coffee are included in the ticket price and the museum café will be open to serve hot food.

More details at www.yorkshireairmuseum.org/events

With thanks to Jerry Ibbotson

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