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Welcome My Blackburn Buccaneer Website
Home of the 'Banana'
"She's like my Grand Mother,
old, but formidable!"
Bill Cope 1991
only replacement for a Buccaneer is a Buccaneer".
Heard too many times
Watch the Final Fly Pasts and
see the Photographs including the Iraqi An-12 attack, featured
in our Limited Edition Buccaneer Tribute Print 'Sky Pirate'
Cope and Carl Wilson following their
successful self designated 1000lb LGB attack
Initially set up
some years ago to promote the Buccaneer following its imminent retirement
from Military service. Also to illustrate the many photographs taken
by me, Andrew Brooks during the final 6 months of flying from Lossiemouth,
The Blackburn Buccaneer Website has grown continually and become a very
popular choice for Buccaneer fans and ex aircrew alike! If you are ex
Buccaneer Aircrew, Ground crew or associated with the Buccaneer in anyway
and have a story to tell that you would like to share, please do contact
PS There's some emotional drivel at the bottom of the page should you
want to know about
my connection and affection with the Buccaneer?
There are different
sections within our site but the site is biased towards photographs!
Edition Art: An excellent selection of the very best of Limited
Edition Signed Buccaneer Prints
Prints: A selection of Sqn Prints and Photographs actually
flown onboard the final flights of the Buccaneers! A must for Buccaneer
enthusiasts and collectors alike!
Room: A few select tales of Buccaneering (including an AWESOME
account from South Africa)
Us: Our contact details
And of course, many Photographs mostly taken by me! Most are available
to purchase should you want to grace your home or office with an image
of this amazing British built thoroughbred!
A Collection of my own photographs taken during final 6 months of flying
Low Level: Low
Level and basically being a 'Banana' !!! Faster, Lower, Longer (still
sounds sweet doesn't it!)
Production, Test Flights
& Aircraft Carrier Trials: A selection from those 'testing
Navy: Our first offering of Royal Navy era photographs (many
Air Force: Some select shots from the RAF days!
SAAF: (South African Air
Force) in service with 24 Sqn AFB Waterkloof
'Lank lewe die herinnering
van die Buccaneer'
The LAST Buccaneer Piano
Goes up in smoke at the end ex
Weekend at Lossiemouth
26th - 28th March 1994
Fatboy & JG
back in 1954, there was a
designer with an idea..."
The rest is history as they say!
was originally written to be a part of the 'Sky Pirate' Limited Edition
page to explain why it was so important to me to commission a painting
of the Buccaneer?
After writing it and realising just how much the words provoked so much
within me, I decided it was better placed on the main page of this, my
My association with the Bananajet is well known! However, what is less
known is just how much events and the people I met during my time in Scotland
in 1993-1994 actually changed my life and still continues to do so today!
How little I knew of what was to come as I captured on film the final
months of the Buccaneer's service with the RAF!
Since then, my photography
has appeared within the pages and on covers of numerous publications and
books over the years. I am still always very proud indeed when I see any
of them in print! It makes the endless hours of driving and countless
trips to Lossiemouth and Tain (and all the other places), so worth the
effort! One way or another, I owe the Buccaneer much!
Ever since, I have tried, in my own way to promote the aircraft and the
crews that flew her!
Through this website I have felt the satisfaction having played a role
in putting back in touch many old friends who were associated with the
I have had the hairs on the back of my neck stand up as I passed on a
message from a badly injured soldier 20 years later to the Pilot who put
his own life on the line to help save his life and others and over this
time have had literally hundreds of emails relating to either my photographs
or the Buccaneer in general!
It is clear the Bucc was and still is, loved by many!
Because of the Buccaneer, I have had the privilege to work with some of
the World's elite Air and Ground Forces! I have flown in and photographed
some incredible aircraft! I have shared the same air space as my hero's
of yesteryear! I have been to amazing places and seen amazing things!
I have also felt intense fear coupled with overwhelming excitement as
every cell in my body came alive when I thought I might receive a bullet
or two during some more interesting excursions!
But most of all, I have had the honour to meet, share time with and work
alongside some of the finest and professional people one could ever want
to know!! For this I am truly proud and forever grateful!
of these events and many hundreds more would never have happened without
my meeting with Roy Boots baby and the people who flew her! Yes, the Buccaneer
changed my life!
To all that read this, especially if our paths have crossed? Perhaps in
a far away corner of the Globe or maybe we once stood beside each other
in a bar on a base somewhere during a few verses of "Give me Buccaneers..."?
Or could we have exchanged emails and have yet to meet? Either way, thank
you for taking part in some way in this incredible journey that all started
with a call to Dick Aitken on 12 Sqn! Andrew Brooks
If YOU have
ever been connected with the Buccaneer
or have anything to contribute to the site in way of tales, stories etc then
PLEASE email me, Andrew Brooks
if you are ex aircrew, we can put you in touch with the BAA
(Buccaneer Aircrew Association)
your tour and please, if you have any questions at all, PLEASE just ask away!
We are here to help you find what you are looking for!
0121 7846377 (inside UK) or
+44 121 7846377 (outside UK)
07967441782 (inside UK) or
+44 7967441782 (outside UK)
(inside UK) or
+44 7967443156 (outside UK)