The South African Air Force Museum in Ysterplaat, Cape Town, took delivery of Hawker Siddeley S.50 Buccaneer 416 recently. The jet had previously been residing at Cape Town International Airport, though it hadn’t flown since 1990 when it left active service.
The craft, which was one of the first eight that were delivered to the South African Air Force in 1965 is one of five surviving examples that are being sent to museums around the country for preservation.
The relatively short journey to Ysterplaat was accomplished by fabricating a special cradle for the plane to accommodate the wide track of its undercarriage and raising the airframe and cradle with airbags so that a flatbed trailer could be positioned under it. The plane is scheduled to be restored to static display standards, though various missing parts will first have to be sourced.