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Buccaneer launch, HMS Hermes 1962

Buccaneer launch, HMS Hermes 1962

Med 1962 - Buccaneer launch

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Buccaneer S.Mk1. From the Royal Naval Test Flight in pre acceptance colour scheme with ROYAL NAVY in black on white fin and fairing with no ship ident letter and camera reference markings on mid-line colour break, just behind radome, on intake and below rudder. This would lead me to believe that this was pre 1962, but if you were aboard Hermes and experienced this event, I can only guess it was flown out from the UK to use Hermes deck for some warm air trials, this early model being notoriously under-powered.
 

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I saw a program a while back called boys toys, A guy actully privatly owns a Buccaneer as a personal toy in South Africa. He has limited airspace though as its still considered capable of being a nuclear bomber. I belive he was one of the top guys at Shell oil, probably gets his fuel cheap!
 

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Macca, I also saw something about that - he advertises trips in it, low level stuff at high speed. One of these Adventure Day things.
 

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Macca, I believe this is the guy you meaning.
http://www.incredible-adventures.com/capetown2.html
 

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I believe this class of aircraft still beat many more modern US bombers on the test range in the States - They flew very very low under all the radars and won the range trophy time and time again.
 

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But the hand held Stove-pipe missiles waiting at the target area made that all pointless. Which is why they are now surplus to requirements.
 

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I remember driving alongside a Loch in Scotland back in the late 60's when two Buccaneers appeared from nowhere and flew at low level over the top of us from behind. I honestly thought that all four tyres had blown at the same time. It was quite scarry.

Alan
 

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In 1963 on the Tain range in Scotland I watched a Buc 1 from the inaugral squadron, flown by one Joe Billingham, come in at fifty feet and take out a brick outhouse with practice bombs. The Buc 2 upgrade included RR Spey engines and after that the Buc was the all-time punchy war-wagon, with which the RN was going to deliver a hot breakfast to Ivan, come the day ..
 

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