- Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group) (1783)
- ASIN: B00SB4XYJG
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
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By Rowland White Vulcan 607 [Hardcover] Hardcover – 1783
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The later Black Buck 6 anti-radar sortie that had to divert to Rio on the return leg was interesting, not least because the reason given for the diversion is slightly different from that given in "The Vulcan Boys" book. In "Vulcan 607," it was supposed to be a sheared off refueling probe, whereas the "The Vulcan Boys" blames it on the Vulcan's probe causing damage to the tanker's hose drogue basket that not only made the drogue unusable, but also sent splinters of aluminum into the Vulcan's engine intakes, damaging the inlet guide vanes. Both reasons, however, are laid at the feet of the exhausted Vulcan's captain. I wonder what really happened?
Peppered with some almost unbelievable, until you remember this is the RAF, anecdotes, this is a must-read. Perfect fodder for a long-haul flight or just relaxing on vacation by the pool.
Anyway the book is a great read about an unbelievable story! It covers from just before the Falklands war to just after Vulcan 607s mission. As well as the main story there are interesting highlights on where and how they scavenged parts for this ancient aircraft which was only months away from being retired. The refueling plan alone was amazing! This book has whetted my appetite for more stories on the Falklands War -the logistics involved for fighting such a long distance from England!
Since the British fleet was elsewhere (a circumstance not lost on the Argentinian invaders), it would take an air assault to get British defenders back to these islands in time to do any good. This book is the thrilling tale of how a nearly-obsolete bomber (the Vulcan was already being delivered to air museums) was repurposed and mobilized to deliver Britain's response to Argentina - half-way around the world.
I would think that many other nations would have turned back, as the mission itself pushed the aircraft to the absolute limit, and if they hadn't have had the luck they did, then some of them may not have made it back. Clever Brits though, they didn't give up, and in completing the mission possibly gave themselves the psychological edge they needed to take on the rest of the battle.
I can imagine the Argentinians thinking to themselves "where the hell they *they* come from..."
Very very good book.