Blackburn Buccaneer S.2 XW538/S, RAF No.16 Squadron, Laarbruch November 1977. The Buccaneer originally entered service with the Royal Navy to counter the threat of a massive Soviet Naval expansion programme. It proved to be one of the most capable low-level strike aircraft of the Cold War period, used as a new strike jet to destroy Soviet shipping with a combination of conventional and nuclear weapons. The RAF were initially reluctant to accept the Buccaneer into Squadron service some seven years after it entered Royal Navy service, but quickly learned to appreciate the qualities of this exceptional aircraft. 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. As the Royal Navy retired its larger Aircraft Carriers, their Buccaneers were transferred to the Royal Air Force. At its peak strength in the early 1970s, the Buccaneer equipped six RAF Squadrons. Approx. 26.5cm x 18.5cm (10.5" x 7.25"). Comes with metal display stand and numbered Collector's Card. Limited Edition of 1000 pieces.