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brilliant story of a true fighter pilot's war,
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This review is from: Sea Harrier Over The Falklands: A Maverick at War (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS) (Paperback)
I couldn't put this down! It is a great read. Sharkey puts his spirit and his passion into this book, as he must have done into his flying and fighting.
He delivers some great knocking copy against the RAF, so I bought Vulcan 607 too in the interests of balance. Sharkey goes to some length to knock the RAF's efforts in the Falklands - the Vulcan raids used up so much fuel to very little effect, but he does miss the point that the RAF's mission was as political and strategic as well as military. Also, he appears to have felt that the Royal Navy, the FAA, and the Sea Harrier didn't get enough respect before during and after the war. I hope that isn't true. From what I recall, the Navy played the major role, the Harrier was highly vaunted and the sailors and airmen regarded as heroes, and rightly so.
This book isn't pure history, but an excellent memoir from a true fighter pilot hero. Nice one Sharkey, and thank you for all you have done for you Country.
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Initial post: 26 Aug 2011 21:10:14 BDT
S. Roberts says:
Sharkey does not miss the point about the RAF Vulcan missions. I too have read Vulcan 607 and Sharkey's excellent book. There was no strategic or political merit in the Vulcan raids. The Argentines were perfectly aware that the Vulcan was not an effective threat against their mainland - or the Falklands as it turned out. Sharkey had concluded, quite correctly, that the RAF just wanted to be involved, had promised coverage for the Navy and were falling severly short of that promise with the Falklands conflict. When you read Vulcan 607 and realise the extraordinary effort that was put in to the Vulcan missions the mind boggles at the stupidity of it.
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