Contents Page

This page was last updated:- 17th April 2016

Because of the expansion of this website to encompass more and more areas of information regarding the 'Buccaneer', I have now included this dedicated 'Contents' page.

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Latest News!


Updated:

17/04/16
New Resin Models
1:72 Scale


History Section


Updated:

08/01/11
Individual Buccaneer Aircraft Histories
This 'Index' page will enable you to access service histories of all
193 Blackburn & Hawker Siddeley Buccaneers
built for the United Kingdom.


Please be patient while this page downloads as it contains colour 'thumbnail' images displaying the representative colour scheme available for each particular aircraft


Updated:

20/02/15
RN & RAF Squadron Service / Serial Codes Table
This 'Index' page will enable you to access known Squadron allocations
for all UK Buccaneers.


This page also contails 'Tours-of-Duty' cruises of all Fleet Air Arm 'Buccaneer'
Squadrons and respective Aircraft Carriers


Updated:

03/09/04
Historical Background
This page enables you to follow the development of the 'Buccaneer
from the initial 'Naval Requirement' to the type's retirement from
'Frontline Service' on 31st March 1994


This article has been written by: Tony Exelby of 'Tiger Squadron'
(The support group for the 'Old Flying Machines Company' based at Duxford)


Updated:

07/01/11
Blackburn B.103 - Flight Test Crews
This page is in recognition of the invaluable work done by the
Test Pilots and Flight Test Observers in bringing the Buccaneer
aircraft from its development to the exceptionally versatile
production aircraft it ultimately became.


This photograph has been reproduced by kind permission of John Parker


Updated:

19/04/09
Operation Granby, Iraq 1991
Buccaneer - 'Gulf War' Missions History
(Putting the Records Straight)

This article Includes: Background history to the Buccaneer's operational
involvement in Desert Storm; full 'Missions History'; plus the correct two
Buccaneers that destroyed the Iraqi transport aircraft on 27th February 1991


Updated:

13/01/06
Buccaneer Replacement
The 'PANAVIA' Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA)
Tornado GR.1


A factually based 'Personal' opinion by the author


Updated:

07/01/11
Buccaneer Haunts ( Locations: 1958-1995)
This map provides a guide to the locations from which Buccaneers operated
with the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and Royal Aircraft Establishment within
the United Kingdom during their operational careers, plus major 'Maintenance Units', 'Proof & Experimental Establishments', Royal Radar Establishment'
and 'Weapons Ranges' - now includes W.Germany


Updated:

19/02/08
Blackburn B.136 - Buccaneer S.Mk.50 Export Version
The South African Air Force (SAAF) was the only export customer
for the Blackburn Buccaneer. Anton Dyason's article covers the
type's operational service with No.24 Squadron from 1965 to 1991

- Hosted on the IPMS South Africa website
(http://newsite.ipmssa.za.org/content/view/111/28/)


Updated:

19/09/08
In Remembrance
This page is in memory of those who lost their lives
during the development and service career of the
Buccaneer from 1958 to 1994


Updated:

12/04/06
CAA Approval to Fly!
Buccaneer S.Mk.2B - XX885 (G-HHAA)
CAA grants approval for her to fly again

(Inc: Current position w.r.t. return to airworthy status)


Airframe & Technical Information


Updated:

26/01/05
Pilot's Cockpit Layout - Buccaneer S.Mk.2B
(Example used - XV333 preserved at the Fleet Air Arm Museum)

Text display on 'Mouseover' - If not, Click on the
Control, Instrument, Switch or Indicator for an item description


Updated:

17/12/04
Weapon System, Operational Use and Tactics
Intergrated Weapon System (Part 1)
Attack Modes (Part 2)

This article has been written with the technical collaboration of: John Robertson
Electronic Engineering Technician - 12, 15, Squadron, 237 OCU
and Buccaneer/Jaguar Maintenance School.


Updated:

07/11/04
Radar Passive Warning Systems
This section includes 'Background History' and 'Type' information
regarding the major 'Radar Warning Receiver' (RWR) systems fitted to
Buccaneers during their service career with the Royal Navy and RAF.


This article has been written with the technical collaboration of: John Robertson
Electronic Engineering Technician - 12, 15, Squadron, 237 OCU
and Buccaneer/Jaguar Maintenance School.


Updated:

11/10/06
Martin Baker Ejection Seats
This section gives background information regarding the various 'Types' of
MB ejection seats employed in Buccaneers throughout their history


This section includes articles written by: JimGriffiths
(http://www.ejectorseats.co.uk)


Updated:

19/07/06
Aircraft Carrier Operations (Part 1)
First of a 3-part article on Buccaneers aboard the Royal Navy's Carriers
Assisted Take-Off (Part 2) and Arrested Landing (Part 3) to follow
This article has been written in collaboration with:
Michael Green (Ex-POMEM aboard HMS Ark Royal) and
John Robertson (Electronic Engineering Technician)
12, 15, Squadron, 237 OCU and Buccaneer/Jaguar Maintenance School.


Updated:

05/08/06
'Life with a Buccaneer' - Tornado Avionics Trials
This article gives a background to the trials undertaken by the
two converted Buccaneer S.Mk.2A aircraft, XT272 and XT285

This article has been written by: Ian Henderson
(Ex-EASAMS Ltd. Flight Test Team, BAe Warton)


Updated:

14/05/06
Technical Specifications
This page details the main specifications for all the major variants
of Blackburn & Hawker Siddeley Buccaneers
- built for the United Kingdom
Plus 'Weapon Stations' layout for the Buccaneer S.Mk.2B
and 'Airframe Modifications' - including Mod. numbers


Updated:

03/09/04
Airframe Detail
This page details the main specifications for all the major variants
of Blackburn & Hawker Siddeley Buccaneers
- built for the United Kingdom


Weapons & Payloads Section


Updated:

19/07/06
'Offensive' Missile Systems
This section includes 'Background History' and 'Type' information
regarding the major missile systems employed within the Buccaneer's
arsenal during it's service career with the Royal Navy and RAF:


AGM-12B Bullpup; AS.37 & AJ.168 Martel plus Sea Eagle missiles


Updated:

01/05/06
'Self-Defence' Systems
This section includes 'Background History' and 'Type' information
regarding 'Self-Defence' systems employed within the Buccaneer's
arsenal during it's service career with the Royal Navy and RAF:


Camouflage, Sidewinder AIM-9B/G/L, 'Retard Defence', AN/ALQ-101 ECM Pod,
'Battle Formation', Flash Ejectors, Chaff and AN/ALE-40 Chaff/Flare Dispensers


Updated:

30/01/06
External Payload & Airframe Configurations
This section gives known examples of over 100 different configuration
to be found on 'Buccaneers' during their 37 years of operational service
from NA.39 to the last Buccaneer S.Mk.2B operated in the UK


Photographic Section


Updated:

03/09/04
Buccaneer PC Wallpaper
This 'Copyright' © image is available for Personal use only
JPEG & BMP formats - 640x480, 800x600, 1024x768

This photograph is kindly supplied from the archive of:
Bernard Mills (FlightLevel Aviation Group)


Updated:

03/09/04
Buccaneer Photo Gallery
These 'Copyright' © images are available for Personal use only

These photographs are kindly supplied from the archive of:
Bernard Mills (FlightLevel Aviation Group)


Updated:

21/12/04
Buccaneer Photo Gallery
These 'Copyright' © images are available for Personal use only

These photographs are kindly supplied from the archive of:
Tony Exelby (Tiger Squadron, O.F.M.C., Duxford)


Updated:

08/10/05
Buccaneer Photo Gallery
These 'Copyright' © images are available for Personal use only

'Display' Buccaneers from the SBAC Shows, Farnborough, 1959-1970
FAA 50th Anniversary Celebrations, RNAS Yeovilton, May 1964
These photographs are kindly supplied from the collection of:
Terry Waddington


Updated:

24/02/06
Buccaneer Photo Gallery
12 Sqn. Buccaneers photographed during:
Operation Western Fox — 'Live Missile Firing' Exercise
Naval Air Station Key West, Florida Keys, USA, April 1983

These photographs are kindly supplied from the collection of:
Bill Spidle


Updated:

05/06/06
Buccaneer Photo Gallery
801 NAS Buccaneer S.Mk.1's photographed during:
'Shakedown Cruise' — Aircraft Carrier 'Deck Trials' aboard
HMS Ark Royal in British home waters:
19th February to 14th March 1963

These photographs are kindly supplied from the collection of:
Mike Harris


Updated:

17/09/09
Buccaneer Photo Gallery
The Andrew Brooks Collection

This link gives direct access to the AvCollect Buccaneer Gallery
Provided by kind permission of Andrew Brooks and his Blackburn Buccaneer website


Updated:

07/02/08
Buccaneer Photo Gallery
The John Eacott Collection

This link gives access to his photograph collection, taken while serving
in the Royal Navy aboard HMS Eagle and HMS Ark Royal including,
Buccaneers, Phantoms & Gannets.

(http://www.eacott.com.au/gallery/v/navy_photos/)


Updated:

24/03/09
Buccaneer Photos
TransportPhotos.com (©NA3T)

Link gives access to TransportPhotos.com website - Photographs of a
large variety of aircraft types, including Buccaneers
Printed or downloadable image format available

(http://www.transportphotos.com/air)


Buccaneer 'Limited Edition' Prints


Updated:

17/09/09
Buccaneer 'Limited Edition' Prints
AvCollect present an awesome 'Tribute to the Buccaneer!'
Possibly the finest portrayal ever of Great Britain's Last British Bomber!
Signed by 27 men who flew the 'Banana Jet'.




Model News - Latest!
CMR-232 - Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.Mk.2B, 'Avionics Upgrade Programme' - ASR 1012 1/72nd Scale Aircraft Model:
Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.Mk.2B
"Avionics Upgrade Programme" - ASR 1012


  Model Review by: Tim Hatton: Associate Editor
http://www.aeroscale.co.uk/

CMR-209 - Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.Mk.2B, 'Operation Granby' - 1991 Gulf War 1/72nd Scale Aircraft Model:
Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.Mk.2B
"Operation Granby" - 1991 Gulf War


  Model Review by: Tim Hatton: Associate Editor
http://www.aeroscale.co.uk/

Buccaneer Models win Award!
Nuremberg Toy Fair 2007 - On 1st February, ModellFan magazine
presented their coverted "Model of the Year" for 2006 in 1/72nd scale to:

Czech Master Resin's - Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer Series
for their RAF Buccaneer S.Mk.2A and S.Mk.2B models
CMR-165 - Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.Mk.2/2C/2D in Fleet Air Arm service 1/72nd Scale Aircraft Model:
Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.Mk.2/2C/2D
in Fleet Air Arm service

CMR-156 - Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.Mk.2B 1/72nd Scale Aircraft Model:
Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.Mk.2B

CMR-143 - Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.Mk.2A 1/72nd Scale Aircraft Model:
Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.Mk.2A



Model Information Section


Updated:

18/01/06
Accurately Modelling a Buccaneer
Part 1 - Fleet Air Arm S.Mk.2, 2C & 2D's (circa 1965 to 1978)

 
This section explains 'Airframe Differences' including:
Aerials & Antennae, Airbrake Petal design, Weapons Pylons
and their correct spacing dimensions, explanatory 'Parts List',
plus example Aircraft and Colour Schemes


Updated:

24/06/07
Buccaneer Model Article
Buccaneer S.Mk.1, XN959 - '103/E'
800 NAS, HMS Eagle, late Summer 1965
A replica model converted from the:
1/48 scale 'Airfix Buccaneer S.2B'


Article and Photo's by: Stewart Griffiths


Updated:

20/09/06
Buccaneer Model Article
Buccaneer XW533 - RAF Lossiemouth Detachment,
'Operation Granby', Muharraq, Bahrain March 1991
A replica model produced from the:
1/48 scale 'Airfix Buccaneer S.2B'


Article and Photo's by: Derek Derks


Updated:

19/07/06
Buccaneer Model Article
Buccaneer S.Mk.2, XT277 - '320/H'
809 NAS, HMS Hermes, 1967
A replica model produced from the:
1/48 scale 'Airfix Buccaneer S2/S2C/S2D/SMk.50'


Article and Photo's by: Derek Derks


Updated:

16/04/06
Buccaneer Model Article
Buccaneer XV863 - RAF Lossiemouth Detachment,
'Operation Granby', Muharraq, Bahrain March 1991
A replica model produced from the:
1/48 scale 'Airfix Buccaneer S.2B'


Article and Photo's by: Calum Gibson


Updated:

14/01/06
Buccaneer Model Article
Buccaneer XV863's 'Last Launch'
This model depicts the last catapult launch of a Buccaneer from
an Aircraft Carrier: Buccaneer S.Mk.2D - XV863 '036/R', 809 NAS,
HMS Ark Royal, 27th November 1978


Article and Photo's by: Colin Whitehouse


Updated:

21/01/06
Buccaneer Model Article
S.Mk.2B - 'XW988' - RAE West Freugh
A replica model produced from the:
1/48 scale 'Airfix Buccaneer S.2B'


Article and Photo's by: Stephen Prior


Updated:

11/11/04
Buccaneer Model Article
S.Mk.2B - 'XW987' - RAE Boscombe Down
The constructional details & photos of a replica model
produced from the: 1/48 scale 'Airfix Buccaneer S.2B'


This article has been written by: Giovanni Galvan
From: http://www.srtecno.it/fulcrum


Updated:

05/09/04
Buccaneer Model Articles
This section contains reviews of:
1/72 scale 'Matchbox Buccaneer S2B'
1/48 scale 'Airfix Buccaneer S.2D'


These articles have been written by: Scott Van Aken
Owner, Publisher & Editor of: modelingmadness.com


Updated:

13/11/06
Desert Storm from an Air Modeller's View
 
This website provides background help to anyone interested in modelling
aircraft from the Gulf War. There is a section containing links to the
Buccaneer S.Mk.2Bs that participated and photos of their 'Nose Art'


(Website: Jakub Cikhart - http://www.dstorm.eu/)


Updated:

29/09/04
Buccaneer Model Information Directory
This section lists manufacturers of Current/Discontinued Buccaneer
'Models', Detailing/Conversion sets, Squadron Markings decals,
Suppliers, etc. - plus links to their websites


Updated:

17/06/06
Pavla Models
1/48th Scale Resin Cockpit Detail Sets
Designed to be used with:
Airfix Buccaneer S.2B/2C/2D/Mk.50 (Model No.09180).


Additional Information


Updated:

10/02/09
Preserved Buccaneers (UK & Eire: 2008 - 2009)
This map provides a guide to the locations of 'Complete' Buccaneer
airframes which remain within the United Kingdom at this time.

For a brief description of the aircraft, hover mouse 'Cursor' over location,
or
click location for website 'Links' if available


Updated:

31/03/11
Reference Library
Listed on this page are my sources of reference including:
Titles, Authors, Publishers and where available ISBN numbers


Updated:

10/02/06
Buccaneer Aircrew Notes
This page will enable you to connect directly to the website of:
flight-manuals-on-CD.com, who offer 'Aircrew Notes' for several of the
major Buccaneer variants in 'Adobe Portable Document Format' (.pdf)


Updated:

06/01/11
URL Links Page
This page will enable you to connect directly to other known
'Websites' which are either specifically 'Buccaneer' orientated or
of additional interest - without the need of 'Search Engines'


Updated:

05/04/09
Personal Acknowledgements
My thanks to those who have helped and contributed
to this website

All profile artwork is the copyright property of the author Andy White
"All Rights Reserved" - Copyright © Andy White 2004 - 2015