Chris Jones couldn’t wait to build the new RAF S.2B version of the brilliant 1/48 new-tool Airfix Buccaneer.
The story of the Buccaneer in RAF service began with the need to replace the Canberra bomber/interdictor. As Soviet technology improved, a faster, more modern aircraft was needed to penetrate Warsaw Pact air defences successfully if the Cold War ever turned ‘hot’. After the controversial end of the TSR.2 project and cancelled purchase of the F-111K, popular myth claims the Buccaneer was an unwanted naval aircraft forced upon the RAF against its will. However, the real story is much more nuanced, as attested to by ACM Sir Neil Wheeler. He was Deputy Director of Operational Requirements between 1953-57 and set the record straight during a documentary interview. He actually asked Blackburn to produce a brochure on an RAF version of the Buccaneer and “it was very seriously considered by the air force”.
|Blackburn Buccaneer S.2B