HC Deb 01 March 1978 vol 945 c280W
Mr. Trotter

asked the Secretary of State for Defence when the Buccaneer and Canberra aircraft first entered service; and when each type is expected finally to leave front-line squadron service.

Mr. Wellbeloved

The Buccaneer first entered service with the Royal Navy in 1963 and with the RAF in 1969. The Canberra first entered service with the RAF in 1951. No firm date has yet been set for either aircraft to leave front-line squadron service but both types have sufficient life remaining to allow some aircraft to run on for many years.