It was to be one of the most ambitious operations since 617 Squadron bounced their revolutionary bombs into the dams of the Ruhr Valley in 1943 ...April 1982.
Argentine forces had invaded the Falkland Islands. Britain needed an answer. And fast. The idea was simple: to destroy the vital landing strip at Port Stanley.
The reality was more complicated. The only aircraft that could possibly do the job was three months from being scrapped, and the distance it had to travel was four thousand miles beyond its maximum range.
It would take fifteen Victor tankers and seventeen separate in-flight refuellings to get one Avro Vulcan B2 over the target, and give its crew any chance of coming back alive.
Yet less than a month later, a formation of elderly British jets launched from a remote island airbase to carry out the longest-range air attack in history.
At its head was a single aircraft, six men, and twenty-one thousand-pound bombs, facing the hornet's nest of modern weaponry defending the Argentine forces on the Falkland Islands.
There would be no second chances ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 576 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 02/04/2007
- Category: Air forces & warfare
- ISBN: 9780552152297
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Review by johnthefireman
As with many of these modern "true tales", the author tends to over-dramatise a bit and to look for human interest where often there isn't very much. But nevertheless it's quite a good account of the Black Buck operations against the Argentinians in the Falklands/Malvinas conflict.
Review by emed0s
Painfully detailed, with that I mena repeated details no different and new info that adds to the story.I, for one, don't need a description of the pulling of every lever, in every plane at take off for every mission be it the final one or just one training exercise. Some goes for every refueling, yes they were a dangerous affair but after going through the mechanics for a couple of them it gets old, and boring.