The mighty Blackburn Buccaneer was one of the most capable low-level strike aircraft of the Cold War period, originally entering Royal Navy service in 1962 to counter the significant threat of a massive Soviet Naval expansion programme.
Rather than face the crippling cost of building new ships of their own to meet this threat, British thinking at the time was to use their new strike jet to destroy the Soviet ships with a combination of conventional and nuclear weapons.
Capable of extremely high speeds at low level, the Buccaneer proved to be the ideal aircraft to keep the Warsaw Pact countries on their toes, even though the performance of the first Buccaneers to enter service was affected by a lack of power from their two de Havilland Gyron Junior engines.
Operating from the decks of Britain's relatively small aircraft carriers, the Buccaneer had to be tough and its rugged, no nonsense design approach was underlined rather effectively by the aircraft's manufacture and flight testing procedure.
Constructed at Blackburn Aviation's Brough facility, each assembled Buccaneer was transported by road, pulled behind a truck on its own undercarriage. They would make a journey of around 16 miles down winding country lanes and across bridges with sharp bends to the company's Holme-on-Spalding Moor facility, where they would undergo final checks and flight testing.
- Model Scale: 1:72
- Number of Parts: 141
- Completed Model Length: 268mm
- Completed Model Wingspan: 186mm
- Skill Level: 3/4 (Hard)
- Flying Hours: 3
Please Note:This product DOES NOT Include Paints, Brushes or Adhesive. These are sold seperately.
Packaging Dimensions: Length:43cm Height:21cm Width:6cm All measurements are approximates to the nearest 0.5cm
Safety Information: Suitable for ages 8+. Small Parts, Choking Hazard. Model Making should be done under the supervsion of an adult.
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