The Buccaneers


The author is founder and Chairman of the Buccaneer Aircrew Association and was awarded the MBE for his role in introducing the Buccaneer to the RAF, having flow in Buccaneers with the Fleet Air Arm. It should therefore be no surprise that this is a book written with authority and affection for the subject. The Buccaneer was a very important naval aircraft, providing the FAA with a nuclear jet bomber that could fly from carriers, with weapons held in a rotary internal bomb bay. After the Royal Navy lost its last fixed wing carrier, HMS Ark Royal (IV) [Definitive book; Britain’s Greatest Warship – HMS Ark Royal IV, Richard Johnstone-Bryden, Sutton], the Buccaneer began a new life with the RAF, serving with distinction and playing an important role in Operation Granby/Desert Storm, the 1990/91 Gulf War. During her career, the Buccaneer saw major changes in the British aerospace industry, starting life as the de Havilland Gyron-powered Blackburn Buccaneer S1 and entering FAA service as a white painted nuclear ship-board bomber. As the Blackburn aircraft company was absorbed into Hawker Siddeley and this company eventually became a part of British Aerospace, the Buccaneer took on new roles and the S2 was equipped with two Rolls Royce Spey 101 engines

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