IN FOCUS: Blackburn Buccaneer from an RAF/Royal Navy Exchange Perspective

Former navigator Graham Pitchfork describes his experience as one half of the first RAF exchange crew on Royal Navy Buccaneers.

Blackburn Buccaneer RAF Royal Navy History In Focus

Above: XN951/101 is tensioned on the waist catapult of Eagle ready for take-off. The aircraft is carrying 1,000lb bombs on the four wing stations. An airburst fuze is fitted to the starboard inboard bomb.

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Early in 1965, I was approaching the end of a three-year tour on a Germany-based Canberra photographic reconnaissance squadron, when my boss called me into his office to tell me of my next posting: “The Royal Navy have offered a slot for an RAF crew on their new Buccaneer aircraft – you are to be the navigator and you report to Lossiemouth in April.”

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