Twenty-four aircrew who flew the iconic aircraft with the Fleet Air Arm, the Royal Air Force, and the South African Air Force (SAAF) relate their experiences and affection for the Blackburn Buccaneer. Arranged in chronological order, the book traces the history of the aircraft and the tasks it fulfilled. In addition to describing events and activities, it provides an insight into the lifestyle of a Buccaneer squadron and the fun and enjoyment of being a "Buccaneer Boy" in addition to being part of a highly professional and dedicated force.
The introduction into service is fully described before further chapters cover the development of the air force's maritime tactics and the deployment of two squadrons to Germany in the overland strike role. Two chapters deal with the aircraft's stunning successes at the Red Flag and Maple Flag exercises flown in North America, which took the USAF hierarchy by storm. A further chapter is devoted to the intensive but little known Bush War operations by 24 SAAF Squadron on the borders of Angola.
Two USAF exchange officers who flew Buccaneers relate their experiences and the aircraft's deployment for the Lebanon crisis, and the reinforcement exercise to the Falkland Islands is examined. The introduction of new air-to-surface anti-ship missiles is covered before the Buccaneer left to go to war in the Gulf where it distinguished itself providing precision laser marking for the Tornado force, in addition to carrying out its own precision bombing attacks. This lavish book concludes with accounts of the aircraft's final days in RAF service and some reflections on its impact on maritime and overland air power.
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Never a pilot or a serviceman but brought up as a services (FAA) brat through the 70s, where the Buccaneer was treated with a reverence and affection not shared by any of its peers.
Like so many, my AEA Dad converted from fixed wing to rotary (with the demise of our big carriers) and many years later, on visiting the FAA Museum Yeovilton, witnessed him get quite emotional in front of the Buccaneer followed by his thrilling (typically humorous) accounts of exploits involving this and other aircraft of its era.
My childhood was an exciting time living in close proximity of these wonderful machines and still feel the hairs rise on the back of my neck when listening to the marvellous accounts from these lucky men in their awe inspiring flying machines!
My only negative comment, the narration could be a little mundane and I welcomed the break when the USAF accounts were performed in a different accent, nevertheless a good listen.
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