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Developed as a carrier-bourne maritime strike bomber from Naval Staff Requirement NA39, The Blackburn Buccaneer was later bought for the RAF instead of the Aardvarks they had been promised after TSR2 was cancelled. The usual British mess ensued when export orders were sought; possible orders from Germany and several other countries were torpedoed by bizarre political nonsense. The only export order, to South Africa, was nearly scuppered by the Wilson government over humanitarian and apartheid concerns; avoiding it only because politicians hate making decisions and the planes were the wrong side of the Equator by the time they made up their mind, the liberal twats. The Buccaneer is notable for handing the Spams their arrse on a plate in several Redflag execises, and saw extensive and successful action in Op Blow Up Iraqi Stuff Part 1.

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