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Fighters Over the Falklands: Defending the Islanders' Way of Life Hardcover – 1 Nov 2013


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Fonthill Media (1 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781552223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781552223
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 17.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave Gledhill is an aviation enthusiast and aviator. Having been awarded his pilot's licence at the age of 17, he was commissioned in the RAF in 1974 and trained as an air navigator, before converting to the F4 Phantom in the Air Defence role. After tours in the UK and Germany, he went on to be a radar tactics instructor on the Operational Conversion Unit. One of the first instructors on the new Tornado F2, he eventually became the Executive Officer on the OCU and OC1435 Flight flying the Tornado F3.

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About the Author

DAVE GLEDHILL is an aviation enthusiast and aviator. Having been awarded his pilot's licence at the age of 17, he was commissioned in the RAF in 1974 and trained as an air navigator, before converting to the F4 Phantom in the Air Defence role. After tours in the UK and Germany, he went on to be a radar tactics instructor on the Operational Conversion Unit. One of the first instructors on the new Tornado F2, he eventually became the Executive Officer on the OCU and OC1435 Flight flying the Tornado F3.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rick on 25 Feb. 2014
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I know the author well but that fact has not swayed my opinion of this book. Dave has captured accurately the events and practices of those people who have given their time, and for some, their lives, to defend the Falkland Islands. If you want an insight into how it was, and is, read this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob Ward on 14 April 2014
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This is the second book that I've read by David Gledhill (the first being the F 4 tome). He starts with a short history of the 1982 war, then moves on to how the British Forces now defend this last out post so far away. I found the detail and content fascinating and informative. As a former flight commander the author has great knowledge of his subject, which he can put across to the layman, and enthusiast in a concise and appealing manner.

If you're interested in how the RAF goes to work these days, I'd recommed this to you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Crush on 31 Mar. 2014
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David Gledhill has a very clear and informative writing style. He is a much accomplished and well qualified author who knows exactly how to convey the right amount of relevant technical information and military operational procedure so as to engage the knowledgeable and layperson alike. In his latest book, David, takes the reader through the personal challenge of commanding a RAF Fighter Detachment in the Falklands where the reader quickly gains an understanding of the immense responsibility in maintaining aircraft, aircrew and ground crew at peak QRA readiness 24x7x365. His book contains many relevant photographs that catalogue a very important part of modern RAF History following the liberation of the Falkland Islands and the assured defense of the Islands since May 1982.
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Having read the author's wonderful first book on the UK's version of the F4 Phantom and his experiences of flying it I had high expectations of this book and I was not disappointed. It is superb. There have been many books written about the 1982 war but I cannot think of a single book that has been written on the operational aspects of daily life for military personnel and particularly air force crews based in the islands.
As with his book on the F4 Gledhill's job as the aircraft's navigator means that he offers a different perspective to that of most aircrew books which tend to written by pilots. Adding to the authority of the writer and this book is that he also served at 1435 flight's commander in the Falklands and flew both F4's and Tornado F3's which are the fighters that grace the cover.

After the obligatory brief history of the war the book delves into the immense difficulties posed by operating sophisticated fighter aircraft from what were incredibly austere conditions following the end of the conflict. Other chapters cover the threats posed by the Argentines and assesses the risks to the islands' independence, RAF Stanley and operations at Mount Pleasant airfield as well as how the RAF works with the army and Royal Navy. The chapter on air to air refuelling and the immensely complex job of flying fighters from the UK to the Falklands will be familiar to those who have read Gledhill's Phantom book. Alert duty, low flying and the way the Falklands air defence network operates are also covered. Completing the package is a rich selection of photographs most of which are colour and as with his first book are largely personal or provided by colleagues or others. In other words there are very few official MoD pictures and the book is the better for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric de Jong on 22 April 2014
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After having read the F-4 Phantom Cold War book written by the same author I was again surprised by the excellent written book Fighters over the Falklands. This book written by the ex-RAF navigator puts the reader in the cockpit of the F-4 and Tornado F-3.
Also a very well impression is given what is was like to be stationed at Stanley and Mount Pleasant after the Brits got the Falklands back from Argentinian occupation..
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