Blackburn Buccaneer S.2B Strike Aircraft (original artwork)
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Blackburn Buccaneer S.2B Strike Aircraft (original artwork)

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While this painting's title only includes "Buccaneer," the Tornado flying just behind it is a veritable co-star in this very rare 2-in-1 composition from Koike-san.

First flying in 1958, the Buccaneer was presumed to have a primarily anti-ship role and even had the ability to carry nuclear weapons. The Royal Navy flew the plane from 1962 to 1978, and RAF also put it to use beginning in 1968. This painting depicts a moment from the first Gulf War in 1991 where Buccaneers, close to retirement, were used as laser guide aircraft for Tornados and other attack planes. But note that this Buccaneer is carrying its own laser-guided ammunition; the painting depicts "Miss Jolly Roger" of the RAF's "Sky Pirates" unit. This aircraft flew 12 sorties over Iraq and successfully bombed bridges, bases and other targets.

This original painting is acrylic on heavy art board.  The board measures 54cm x 39cm, and the painted area is approximately 45cm x 33.5cm.