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About this event
We are pleased to announce that after a gap of over 18 months and a complete move of Airframes we are back with our friends the TBag's (The Buccaneer Aviation Group), for our first event with them at their new home at Kemble, aka Cotswold Airport. This being our first event at Kemble and with the TBag's since moving from Bruntingthorpe we are keeping it slightly lowkey, however that doesn't mean the photographic opportunities will be less! We are hoping for a lovely sunset and evening with 'an unhindered' backdrop, a first for a very longtime if you are familiar with the issues of cars and bollards at Brunty in more recent years.
Our shoot will not only include the two live Bucc's operated by the TBag boys & girls but also the two resident Canberra's XH134 PR9 in silver colours and Canberra XH135 PR9 in desert colours. There is 4 'Anti Det Runs' booked to happen (2 per Bucc) during the afternoon which is always a great experience and photo opportunity when these aircraft are at full throttle. We will also have a small group of Re-Enactors to add some human interest in appropriate attire. And then as it gets dark we will light the airframes for your photography and the finally a trademark Buccaneer 'Wings Up' experience. So all in all we hope to transport you back to those helicon days of the 1970s and 80s.
The Buccaneers taking part are XW544 and XX889, at this stage we are not sure if they will both be ground-running or just one, but be assured you will get to experience the noise and wind of one or another of these fine Cold War Jets.
XX 894 in Royal Navy livery: XX 894 was delivered to the RAF on 4th December 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, XX 894 was repainted to represent '020' of 809 NAS aboard HMS Ark Royal in 1978. Retirement came on 31st March 1994 and the plane 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.
XW 544 in RAF Camouflage Livery: XW 544 was new 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.
Our afternoon will start at 15.00 with a short safety briefing and photography will then commence, the event will run until approximately 20.30 hours. Refreshments will be available during the event at a small extra cost.
- Spare batteries
- Camera protection - rain covers etc
- All levels welcome
- Sturdy outdoor shoes
- Warm clothing
- Wet weather gear