Blackburn Buccaneer S.2B Aircraft Data
Photo ID 218267 by Peter Boschert. UK Air Force Blackburn Buccaneer S 2B, XX889
Dedicated naval and shore-based attack aircraft.

The S.2B version of the Buccaneer was built for the RAF by Hawker-Siddley and modified from existing S.2A stock. The MoD's cancellation of the TSR-2 and the retirement of the Fleet Air Arm's carriers placed the Buccaneer in RAF service during 1969. RAF S.2B's could be armed with Martel air-to-surface missiles and carried bulged fuel tank in the modified bomb-bay. The RAF Buccaneer fleet served in the 1991 Gulf War, providing laser designation capability for Jaguar and Tornado aircraft. The last S.2B's were withdrawn from RAF service in 1994.
  • Country of Origin: United Kingdom
  • First Flight: 4/30/58
  • Initial Service Date: 7/17/62
  • No. Built: 46
  • No. In Service: 0
  • No. of Hardpoints: 4
  • Crew: 2

Power:

2 x Rolls-Royce Spey Mk.101 turbofans at 11,100 lbf

Weapons:

4 × Matra rocket pods with 18× SNEB 68 mm rockets each.
2 × AS-30L "Laser" air to ground missiles.
2 × AS-37 Martel air to ground missiles.
1 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air to air missile.
1 x AVQ-23E Pave Spike laser designator.
1 x WE177 tactical nuclear weapon.
No canon was carried internally or externally.

Dimensions:

Length: 63 ft. 5 in.
Wing Span: 44 ft.
Wing Area: 514.7 sq.ft
Height: 16 ft. 3 in.
Empty Weight: 30,000 lbs
Max. Weight: 62,000 lbs
Max. Ordnance Load: 12,000 lbs
Internal Fuel: 11,276 lbs

Performance:

Max. Speed: 667 mph
Service Ceiling: 40,000 ft.
Normal Range: 2,000 nm

Operators:

United Kingdom (RAF S.2A/B, FAA S.2, S.2C/D), South Africa (SAAF S.50, retired in 1991)

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