Buccaneer: The Story of the Last All-British Strike Aircraft - Tim LamingSparkford: Patrick Stephens Limited, 1998, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Diagrams; Illustrated endpapers and blanks; Cutaways; Frontispiece; Exploded drawings; 2-column text;
From the cover: “Developed for the Royal Navy at the height of the Cold War, the Blackburn Buccaneer was designed to fly low and fast, to deliver deadly nuclear weapons to Soviet naval targets. Although the aircraft was regarded as less than perfect when it first entered service, the design was quickly developed into the Buccaneer S2 which was widely recognised as being a highly capable and potent strike aircraft. As such, it was the last carrier-borne attack aircraft to be produced specifically for the Fleet Air Arm.
Although much-loved by the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force countered strong political pressure to purchase the Buccaneer, and it was not until the 1970s that the RAF grudgingly adopted the type as a low-level strike aircraft and conventional bomber. However, after it entered service the RAF rapidly changed its views and realised the Buccaneer was in fact a truly outstanding machine, ideally suited to its requirements. It went on to enjoy a long and distinguished career which ended shortly after an unexpected operational deployment during the 1991 Gulf War.
A victim of politics, the Buccaneer’s export success was confined to South Africa where it was operated for many years, despite the difficulties of an arms embargo imposed shortly after entering service. Ironically, today it is now only in South Africa where the Buccaneer can still be seen in the air, flying under civilian ownership. A classic design which in many respects is still unbeatable, the Buccaneer was the ultimate example of all-British strike aircraft design.”