posted on Nov, 10 2007 @ 04:45 PM
The Buccaneer was a masterpiece, and certainly Blackburns finest creation. By coincidence I was watching a Buccaneer DVD only yesterday and the story
of how this remarkable bomber was created ansd was years ahead of its time is great to see.
It was tough and durable, long before the A-10 came around and with higher performance, due to its 'carved from solid' construction. its rotary bomb
door allowing internal carriage of bombs is a feature that the latest combat aircraft are rediscovering. Its speed and agility at low level were
legendary, out-performing USAF F-111's as a matter of course (after the scrapping of TSR 2 and until Tornado was produced it was the fastest low
level bomber in the world, and even then Tornado only outruns it when clean, which is a bit pointless anyway given the Bucc's internal weapons and
'conformal' fuel tanks before the term was invented.
When I was a kid it always baffled me why the USN used the A-6 when the Bucc existed. In those days I knew nothing of politics
The lack of exports for the aircraft and the way the RAF shunned it from the 50's to the 70's were a travesty and are worth a study in themself,
needless to say when the RAF did get it the pilots loved it and many were actually disappointed when it was replaced by Tornado!
There was a quote, and I don't remember the source, that went around in about 1970 when the RAF finally got the plane where a USAF general said that
the RAF, in acquiring the Buccaneer, would have the pity of its friends and the scorn of its enemies. Yet another overblown commander who didn't know
what he was on about
Still seeking, without success, the 1977 Red Flag footage of the Buccaneer giving the USAF ground controllers orgasms of delight.
Blackburn B.103 Buccaneer 1958-1994, RIP