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Buccaneer S.2B XV867 208 Sqn, lowdown at Fairford by Colin Smedley

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Buccaneer S.2B XV867 208 Sqn, lowdown at Fairford by 

The pilot of this Buccaneer was refused permission to do a very low flypast at IAT93 to celebrate the RAF’s 75th anniversary, so on take-off he simply retracted the undercarriage as soon as he reached flying speed and stayed at that height for the rest of RAF Fairford’s long runway!

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My real name is Colin but most people know me as Oscar. I took my first photos in the early 1950s and my favorite subjects are aircraft, natural history, trucks and traction engines. I use Canon EOS cameras and a mix of Canon and Sigma lenses. My website URL is

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  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertover 1 year ago

    This is an amazing shot, I had to look twice to see if the undercarriage was down.

  • Thanks Nigel, I’ve put an explanation under Description. This is scanned from a slide taken on Fujichrome 100 pushed two stops.

    – Colin Smedley

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 1 year ago

    What it was designed for. Great shot Colin. – Ted

  • Thanks Ted! Yes, the old “flying Coke bottle” was at it’s best flying lower than a snakes belly!

    – Colin Smedley

  • Noel Elliot
    Noel Elliotover 1 year ago

    What an amazing shot Colin

  • Sixties technology shock and awe Noel!

    – Colin Smedley

  • mike  jordan.
    mike jordan.over 1 year ago

    Excellent capture Colin of one of my favourite aircraft…Mike

  • Thanks for the fave too Mike! We try to please!

    – Colin Smedley

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