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    DescriptionContaining new material and signed by not only the author but also some of the key participants including Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Michael Beetham, Air Commodore Simon Baldwin, Squadron Leaders Martin Withers and Bob Tuxford, this classic book has been repackaged as a limited special edition with extra photographs and is beautifully cloth bound in a deluxe slipcase to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the Falklands War. April 1982. Argentine forces had invaded the Falkland Islands. Britain needed an answer. And fast. The idea was simple: to destroy the vital landing strip at Port Stanley. The reality was more complicated. The only aircraft that could possibly do the job was three months from being scrapped, and the distance it had to travel was four thousand miles beyond its maximum range. It would take fifteen Victor tankers and seventeen separate in-flight refuellings to get one Avro Vulcan B2 over the target, and give its crew any chance of coming back alive. Yet less than a month later, a formation of elderly British jets launched from a remote island airbase to carry out the longest-range air attack in history. At its head was a single aircraft, six men, and twenty-one thousand-pound bombs, facing the hornet's nest of modern weaponry defending the Argentine forces on the Falkland Islands. There would be no second chances ...


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    Title
    Vulcan 607
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Rowland White
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 167 mm
    Height: 247 mm
    Thickness: 46 mm
    Weight: 1,209 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780593070512
    ISBN 10: 0593070518
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC subject category V2: JWG
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    BIC subject category V2: HBWS
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    DC23: 997.1102448
    Edition statement
    Special revised ed
    Publisher
    Transworld Publishers Ltd
    Imprint name
    BANTAM PRESS
    Publication date
    06 December 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Rowland White was eleven years old when Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands and reading the papers everyday for news quickly became his daily routine. He has been fascinated by the conflict ever since, and in particular with the Vulcan raid on Stanley airfield. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and three children, and works in publishing.
    Review quote
    "Exciting and breathtakingly pacy... This is exactly how modern history should be written" -- Andy McNab "Gripping, endlessly fascinating detail. I read the book in one sitting: it is an utterly compelling war story, brilliantly written" -- Simon Winchester "A masterwork of narrative history. Brilliantly described, the story of an impossible British mission is a compelling one; it's telling long overdue" -- Clive Cussler "Big heavy bombers. Proper old-fashioned heroism. And triumph of ingenuity over limited funding. So far as I'm concerned, it has the lot and to cap it all it reads like fiction when it's actually fact. I more than enjoyed it, it could have been written specially for me" -- Jeremy Clarkson "Exceptional... Written like the very best thriller, it draws the reader into the exclusive world of the combat crew in a unique and truly gripping way" -- John Nichol
    Review text
    Exceptional... Written like the very best thriller, it draws the reader into the exclusive world of the combat crew in a unique and truly gripping way
    Back cover copy
    It was to be one of the most ambitious operations since 617 Squadron bounced their revolutionary bombs into the dams of the Ruhr Valley in 1943 . . . April 1982. Argentine forces had invaded the Falkland Islands. Britain needed an answer. And fast. The idea was simple: to destroy the vital landing strip at Port Stanley. The reality was more complicated. The only aircraft that could possibly do the job was three months from being scrapped, and the distance it had to travel was four thousand miles beyond its maximum range. It would take fifteen Victor tankers and seventeen separate in-flight refuellings to get one Avro Vulcan B2 over the target, and give its crew any chance of coming back alive. Yet less than a month later, a formation of elderly British jets launched from a remote island airbase to carry out the longest-range air attack in history. At its head was a single aircraft, six men, and twenty-one thousand-pound bombs, facing the hornet’s nest of modern weaponry defending the Argentine forces on the Falkland Islands. There would be no second chances . . .