Buccaneer puts extra pep in jet set
SHANNON town is to get a unique new inhabitant -- a classic, British-built Blackburn Buccaneer strike aircraft from the 1960s.
Atlantic AirVenture, which is based in the airport and offers aviation education and flight simulation, has acquired the jet from the UK to be an outdoor exhibit in its aero museum.
The subsonic bomber served with the RAF, the Royal Navy and the South African Air Force, and saw action in the 1991 Desert Storm operation against Iraq. It has folding wings to enable it to operate from an aircraft carrier and was capable of carrying nuclear weapons.
The particular Buccaneer going to Shannon spent much of its career in radar research for the Marconi Foxhunter radar used in the Panavia Tornado fighter. At one stage it was going to be stripped of its huge engines to attempt a water speed record.
But it was spared that fate and will now arrive intact and in time for the annual aviation show at Atlantic AirVenture on August 26.