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Buccaneer XV168

This project, for BAE Systems involved the relocation of a 1960’s Blackburn Buccaneer XV168 from its position as Gate Guard on their Brough site to Elvington Airfield, United Kingdom.

Undertaking several site visits ahead of the move, the Collett Team took extra care in planning the relocation as not only did the cargo have historical significance, but was also a dedicated memorial to four test pilots who gave their lives in the development and testing of the Buccaneer type.

This impressive cargo required expert transport logistics throughout whilst the 19.3m load necessitated a specialist trailer from the Collett fleet. To ensure the security of the cargo on the trailer a solution was proposed in which the wheels would be folded away and bomb doors of the aircraft would be slid open, thus providing the team with a steady base on which to transport the cargo. The 44ft wingspan of the Buccaneer became the next hurdle.  It was proposed that the wings would be folded upwards and secured, reducing the width of the load to 6.05m allowing for safe passage through the streets but also requiring a VR1 Permit for transportation.

The Buccaneer arrived safely at the Yorkshire Air Museum and mindful that the aircraft was also a memorial to those four test pilots, the Museum organised a re-dedication ceremony in honour of the crew.

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