The Blackburn Buccaneer was designed to be a naval strike aircraft for the Fleet Air Arm under the general designation NA39. The first Buccaneer model the S.1 was powered by a de Havilland Gyron turbojet. They soon showed themselves to be an excellent low level aircraft but one that was somewhat underpowered and consequently struggled to take off fully laden.
The solution to this was modifying the airframe to accommodate the Rolls Royce Spey turbofan which gave increased thrust and improved fuel consumption. This variant became known as the Buccaneer S2 and by November 1966 had completely replaced the earlier variant.
The RAF adopted the Buccaneer in 1968 following the cancellation of the TSR2 and F111K programmes. The RAF also became the recipient of ex Royal Navy examples when budget cuts forced the withdrawal of the aircraft carriers they operated from. The RAF fleet were given various upgrades during their lifetime and in the twilight of its carear it was sent to war in the Gulf. The Buccaneer was finally retired from RAF service in 1994
RAM Models has photographed examples of both the Buccaneer S1 and S2. Numbering (TBC) high quality images we have covered all areas of this aircraft which will allow the modeller to make their next scale project as accurate as possible.
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