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Memorial service at Yorkshire Air Museum for Cold War Blackburn Buccaneer aircrew
9:43am Monday 28th October 2013 in News
Prayers were said for four aircrew who died in training accidents during the development of the Cold War icon Blackburn Buccaneer aircraft.
A memorial service was held in the chapel at the Yorkshire Air Museum on Saturday following the recent donation of a Blackburn Buccaneer XV168 by aerospace firm BAE Systems due to redevelopment of its site at Brough.
The service was to re-dedicate the plane to the four Blackburn Aircraft workers who died during testing. It was attended by the family of Robert Blackburn, the firm’s founder, relatives of those who gave their lives, and representatives of the Blackburn Aircrew Association.
The four who perished in three accidents between 1959 and 1963 were John G Joyce, Trevor D Dunn, ‘Sailor’ G R I Parker and Gordon R Copeman.
The XV168 was originally dedicated 20 years ago after flying to Brough – the site of the original Blackburn Aircraft factory.
The aircraft has other local connections, having undergone development trials at Elvington airfield and Blackburn Aircraft’s site at nearby Holme-on-Spalding Moor.
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