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Blackburn Buccaneer XV160 first entered service as S.Mk2 with the Royal Navy, based at RNAS Lossiemouth, on 6th March 1967. Later the same month XV160 famously took part in the bombing of the 118,000 ton Super Tanker ?Torrey Canyon? which ran aground on the Seven Stones Reef off Lands End in Cornwall.
In February 1969 the aircraft was returned to Hawker Siddeley and upgraded to S.Mk2B standard. She was delivered to the Royal Air Force in 1970 and served firstly with 237 OCU from 1973 and then 208 Sqn from 1976, both based at Honington. In November 1977 the aircraft was temporarily over-painted in a winter distemper camouflage in order to take part in the ?Northern Express? low level exercise in Norway. The aircraft was lost in September 1982 off Sardinia when it stalled and crashed during an attack manoeuvre.
Blackburn Buccaneer S.Mk2B, XV160, No.208 Squadron, Based at RAF Honington - Exercise "Northern Express", November 1977