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12th April 2018
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60th Buccaneer Anniversary Book Combo Special

R1,100.00 R880.00

To celebrate this 60th Anniversary of the first Buccaneer Flight, we are running a special book combo with 20% discount until 30 April 2018.

SKU: PB24TB1-HC Category:

In June 1952, Naval Staff Requirement NA.39 called for a two-seat aircraft with folding wings, capable of flying at 550 knots (1,020 km/h; 630 mph) at sea level, with a combat radius of 400 nautical miles (740 km; 460 mi) at low altitude, and 800 nautical miles (1,480 km; 920 mi) at higher cruising altitudes. A weapons load of 8,000 pounds(3,630 kg) was required; including conventional bombs, the Red Beard free-fall nuclear bomb, or the Green Cheese anti-ship missile. Based on the requirement, the Ministry of Supply issued specification M.148T in August 1952, and the first responses were returned in February 1953. Blackburn’s design by Barry P. Laight, Project B-103, won the tender in July 1955.

For reasons of secrecy, the aircraft was called BNA (Blackburn Naval Aircraft) or BANA (Blackburn Advanced Naval Aircraft) in documents, leading to the nickname of “Banana Jet”. The first prototype made its maiden flight from RAE Bedfordon 30 April 1958.