Theo Spark: Video: Blackburn Buccaneer S.1

If you’re a fan of the A-6 Intruder, you almost have to be a fan of the Blackburn Buccaneer, the all weather strike aircraft operated by the Royal Navy (and later the RAF). It was a contemporary of the Intruder and fulfilled much the same mission, though it took a somewhat different approach to the problem.And check out how short the catapult track is…

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6 thoughts on “Theo Spark: Video: Blackburn Buccaneer S.1”

  1. No kidding on that cat shot. Have to wonder how a fully-loaded Buc could launch! I am wondering why the one taking off at :55 in had speed brakes extended on takeoff.
    In the end, though, like most British aircraft, it is kind of ugly. Can’t bring myself to say that about the Intruder, though.

    1. Oh, I’ll freely admit the Intruder was pretty ugly. But it also had a pugnaciousness.

      And while the Buc came close to being a good looking bird, they did manage to give it a fat ass.

  2. I wonder if the Brits recognize that their aircraft are the aviation equivalent of their dental work? Functional, but very, very ugly? Or do they look at a Lightning and a Nimrod as being the flying version of Cindy Crawford, and find the Tomcat and Stratofortress to look like the offspring of several generations of an in-family genetic purity program … ?

  3. And Brad, as for the Intruder … when you look at it as being more or less a bomb-carrying derivative of the P-80, I’d say it’s pretty damned beautiful, considering how it could have turned out.

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