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Bruntingthorpe's Cold War Jets - TLE Nightshoot
Bruntingthorpe
March 11, 2017
Neil Cave of TimeLine Events (TLE) organised and ran this afternoon and late evening nightshoot with three former RAF Buccaneers, a Hunter and Canberra from the Cold War Jets Collection. Thick low cloud eliminated any chance of a nice sunset, so it was left to the nighshoot to get the very best images. Two of the Buccaneers were started up late afternoon and weee able to fold wings for some interesting effects. Neil's reenactor friends were on hand to pose for the camera.
Left to right: Canberra B(I)8/B.6 Mod (WT333, registered G-BVXC) its first flight January 30, 1956. Serving a long career as a trials aircraft it was withdrawn from use in 1993 and stored at the Defence Evaluation & Research Agency’s Farnborough facility. Once in private hands 'Treble Three’ has been restored in taxiable condition.
Inside the cockpit looking back and forwards from the side door.
Left to right: Canberra B(I)8/B.6 Mod (WT333, registered G-BVXC).
Left to right: Canberra B(I)8/B.6 Mod (WT333, registered G-BVXC).

Hunter T.7 (XL565)
Left to right: Hunter T.7 (XL565) was retired from RAF sevice in 1993 passing through various owners it has been owned by Geoffrey Pool since 2002.
Left to right: Hunter T.7 (XL565).
Left to right: Hunter T.7 (XL565).

Buccaneer S.2B (XW544) is very nicely restored
Left to right: Buccaneer S.2B (XW544) was delivered to the Royal Air Force in June 1972, flying with XV and 16 Squadron before being grounded during 1983. After years in storage the plane was rescued from a scrap yard and brought to Bruntingthorpe in 2004. After four years of hard work, the first ground run took place in 2008 and in May 2011 the aircraft made its first public taxi run. It is restored in the colours of 16 Squadron.

Buccaneer S.2B (XX899) inscribed 'Sky Pirates' it is painted in 'desert pink'.
Left to right: Buccaneer S.2B (XX899) inscribed 'Sky Pirates' it is painted in 'desert pink'. Delivered new to the RAF in 1974 it was retired twenty years later in 1994. Began its career with 16 Squadron in February 1975 and saw service with numerous squadrons, its last move coming in October 1993 to 208, where it received full squadron markings.

Buccaneer S.2B (XX894) in spurious Royal Navy colours.
Left to right: Buccaneer S.2B (XX894) was delivered to the RAF in 1975 and issued to 16 Squadron at RAF Laarbruch, the first of several squadrons during its 19-year career. This is the most famous Buccaneer, being the only RAF aircraft to destroy an enemy aircraft during the first Gulf War. In 1993, XX894 was repainted to represent '020' of 809 NAS aboard HMS Ark Royal in 1978. Retirement came in 1994 and the aircraft is now in the care of volunteers from the Buccaneer Aviation Group, the only group in the world dedicated to preserving this type of aircraft.
Left to right: Buccaneer S.2B (XX894) with some multiple layered images showing the wing-folding.
Left to right: Buccaneer S.2B (XX894)

De Havilland DH-106 Comet 4C (XS235 later registered G-CPDA) named 'Canopus' in A&AEE Boscombe Down livery later (DTEO Boscombe Down)
It was the last flying Comet and is now preserved at Bruntingthorpe.