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Buccaneer S.Mk 2B
It is 1991,and the Buccaneer has been in operational service for nearly 30 years, but still had a vital part to play in the Gulf War. Initially it flew to support the Tornado force as a target designator, but also later dropped Laser Guided Bombs (LGB) in the brief campaign. Like many aircraft in this war, the aged Buccaneer was fighting its last campaign.
This model depicts XW533. Handed over factory fresh to the RAF on the 26th of February, 1971. It served at the RAF Bases Laarbruch (Germany) and RAF Honington/Lossiemouth (UK). In January 1991, the aircraft was prepared for Operation "Granby", the British code name for the Allied participation in "Desert Storm". It was painted Desert "ARTF" (Alkali Removable Temporary Finish) and was coded "A" (See tail on model).
XW533, is parked on the tarmac from the Muharraq Air base, in Bahrain. It is armed with the MK13/18 1000LBS laser guided bombs. The date is 24-02-1991, and the attack destination, after take off, will be the POL facilities (Petrol Oil Lubricants) of Tallil Airfield in Iraq.
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