NEWARK AIR MUSEUM - News Release
Buccaneer Anniversary Markings
On Thursday 13th March, 2008 a short ceremony will take place at the Newark Air Museum in Nottinghamshire to unveil a new set of temporary Anniversary markings on Blackburn Buccaneer S1 XN964 maritime strike aircraft.
The markings have been carefully designed by Mick Coombes [Leader of the team currently restoring XN964] to celebrate the Buccaneers 50th Anniversary and the 20th Anniversary of XN964 being delivered to the museum. The markings will remain in place on the airframe for approximately three months, until the original 801 Royal Naval Air Squadron markings are reapplied to XN964 later in the summer.
This is the first time that the museum has decided to apply such temporary markings to one of its airframes but the team wanted to mark both anniversaries in an unusual way. Originally acquired by the Loughborough & Leicestershire Air Museum, XN964 was purchased by Newark Air Museum in early 1988 and it was transferred from Bruntingthorpe to Newark as a Police escorted wide load early in the morning of Sunday March 13th, 1988.
Regular updates on the progress of the restoration work on XN964 are posted on the museum website www.newarkairmuseum.org
The museum is also seeking information that relates to a famous mission its Buccaneer aircraft XN964 took part in 41 years ago in March 1967.
On 18th March 1967 the Torrey Canyon super tanker, which was destined for the Milford Haven oil terminal in South Wales struck Pollards Rock in the Seven Stone reef in the dangerous waters between Landís End and the Scilly Isles. As the super tanker broke up aircraft from the Royal Air Force and Fleet Air Arm were called in to drop various munitions on the stricken tanker.
At the time of the incident our Buccaneer XN964 was serving with 736 Naval Air Squadron at RNAS Lossiemouth, Morayshire. The museum has references that show it took part in the missions to bomb the Torrey Canyon on March 28th 1967, when flying directly from RNAS Lossiemouth and also whilst temporarily based at RNAS Brawdy, Pembrokeshire.
The museum is keen to locate any pictures of XN964 flying on these sorties against the Torrey Canyon for incorporation into the growing historical record it is building up about the aircraft and its operations.
Details can also be sent to Mick Coombes the restoration team leader at Newark Air Museum, Winthorpe Showground, Newark, Notts, NG24 2NY. Telephone 01636 707170