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Edge of the seat
on 25 August 2015
On 1st May 1982 the RAF flew a 30-year-old Vulcan bomber 8,000 miles from Ascension to bomb the runway at Port Stanley in the Falklands. This book is the story of that raid.
Written like a thriller, even though you know the outcome Vulcan 607 keeps you on the edge of your seat as this feat of both airmanship and logistics unfolds.From cannibalising other aircraft for navigation and electronics components, reviving a dormant refuelling system and training the crews how to use it, to organising a relay involving half the RAF's tanker fleet to get just one bomber on target, this is an astonishing operation.
The book dips into parts of the rest of the Falklands conflict to provide background but that isn't the main focus here. There are a few sections that could have been omitted without really losing anything, and there's a lot of jargon which has you flipping to the glossary. Overall though this is a great read and a fitting tribute to the men who worked so hard to make the mission possible.