Elvington welcomes the iconic Buccaneer to its new home

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A Cold War icon, the Buccaneer XV168 aircraft, touched down at the Yorkshire Air Museum this weekend becoming the venue’s latest attraction.

It was an arduous 65-mile journey for the Buccaneer, which travelled on a truck from Brough on Sunday.

In its heyday, the Bucanneer would have flown that distance in just three minutes but, with no engine, special arrangements were made for the aircraft to travel by road.

Residents in Brough were asked not to park their cars on the road as the Buccaneer crawled through residential areas, though at one point a car blocking the route had to be towed away.

From there, the aircraft was transported on a lorry along the M62 to West Yorkshire before heading North up the A1.

The Buccaneer had been on display at the BAE site in Brough since retiring from service in 1993, but the recent sale of that site meant the aircraft needed a new home.

A rededication ceremony for the Buccaneer will be held at Elvington in the near future, after which it will join two other Buccaneers on display at Elvington.

Ian Richardson from the Yorkshire Air Museum, said: “We have a close relationship with BAE in Brough, they’ve supported us in the past, and when they decided to donate the Buccaneer to us we were delighted.

“This will be our third Buccaneer, one is decorated in naval colours, the other in Gulf War colours and this one is in camouflage, so we now have a great representation of this fantastic aircraft.

“When we loaded up its battery for the move, all it’s systems worked straight away, even after so many years.”

“209 Buccaneers were built at Brough and it had a reputation for being a very stable low level attack aircraft, it really was quite formidable.

“The Buccaneer was the last true Blackburn aircraft to be designed and constructed at the historic site (BAE in Brough), before the company merged with Hawker Siddley and then British Aerospace/BAE Systems.

“It became the company’s most successful and longest serving type, with 35 years to its credit.”