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    Phoenix Squadron: HMS "Ark Royal", Britain's Last Topguns and the Untold Story of Their Most Dramatic Mission (Hardback) By (author) Rowland White


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    DescriptionHMS Ark Royal was the most powerful warship the Royal Navy had ever put to sea. 50,000 tons of British Sovereign Territory - a floating airfield that was home to 2700 men, a stockpile of nuclear weapons, and the most modern, capable air force in Europe. But by the early seventies, Ark Royal was in the twilight of her career. Only kept in service to help face down the Cold War threat from the powerful Soviet Navy, it seemed Ark would play no further part on the world's stage.Then, in January 1972, intelligence reached Whitehall that British Honduras - now Belize - was threatened with imminent invasion. To defend the colony Britain's response had to be immediate and unequivocal. And Ark Royal offered the only effective means of preventing the little Central American country being overrun by battle-hardened, US-trained Guatemalan paratroops. But to do so the old carrier would first have to endure a destructive, high-speed 1500 mile dash across the Atlantic towards the Gulf of Mexico. Only then would it be possible to execute an audacious, record-breaking plan to launch a pair of Buccaneers on an extraordinary and unprecedented long-range mission. It was an operation loaded with difficulty and danger.Drawing on many hours of interviews with the participants and previously unseen, classified documents here and abroad, Rowland White, bestselling author of "Vulcan 607" has pieced together this remarkable episode for the first time. And has brought to life a unique, unfamiliar and thrilling piece of post-war British military history: the world of the Fleet Air Arm's last Top Guns.

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    Phoenix Squadron
    HMS "Ark Royal", Britain's Last Topguns and the Untold Story of Their Most Dramatic Mission
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Rowland White
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 432
    Width: 164 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 750 g
    ISBN 13: 9780593054505
    ISBN 10: 0593054504

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJPL
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC subject category V2: JWF, JWL
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17470
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027150
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBK, 3JJPL
    DC22: 972.8205
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, maps
    Transworld Publishers Ltd
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    19 May 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Rowland White lives in London with his wife and two children, and works in publishing.
    Review quote
    "Aircraft carriers, jet fighters and a crisis on the other side of the world. Who could ask for more? It takes an obscure corner of British military history and weaves a story as gripping as any Tom Clancy thriller. It's completely riveting."-- Jeremy Clarkson"From the cockpit of a fighter jet to the violently pitching deck of an aircraft carrier at night, Rowland White combines pulse-pounding tension with riveting detail. If only all military history was written like this." --Andy McNab, author of Brave Two Zero