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Title:UNDERWATER PICTURES OF A CRASHED BUCCANEER [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 3660
Other titles:POST-WAR NAVAL OPERATIONS - MISCELLANEOUS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Film of a television picture showing wreckage of a crashed Buccaneer lying on the seabed. A man points out things of interest on the screen.
Description: Film of a television screen displaying pictures of a wrecked Buccaneer lying on the seabed. A viewer indicates features of interest, using a pen as a pointer. Very little is discernible to the inexpert eye, but the word NAVY, and the badge of 801 Squadron, a winged trident within the code letter 'V' for Victorious, is clearly visible on the aircraft's tailfin.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 196 ft; Running time: 2 mins
Notes: Summary: the aircraft featured here may be XN 979, a Buccaneer S.2 lost on 9 June, 1966, in 360 ft of water off the Lizard in Cornwall. The aircraft was the first of two S.2 Buccaneers lost after take-off in early service, and its recovery helped the investigation into the cause of the accidents. The problem was eventually traced to a combination of underwing stores and wing slipper tanks which had the effect of raising the centre of drag and causing the aircraft to pitch up into the stall position. 801 Squadron was awarded the 1967 Boyd Trophy for its efforts in bringing the Buccaneer S.2 into service