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    DescriptionReissued with additional pictures, new material and a revised introduction by Rowland White to mark the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War, "Vulcan 607" is a classic of aviation history. 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...When Argentine forces invaded the Falklands in the early hours of 2 April 1982, Britain's military chiefs were faced with a real-life Mission Impossible. Its opening shot, they decided, would be Operation Black Buck: to strike a body blow at the occupying army, and make them realize that nothing was safe - not even Buenos Aires...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 was 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 a hornet's nest of modern weaponry defending the Argentine forces on the Falkland Islands. There would be no second chances...It was the end of an era - the last time the RAF flew heavy bombers into combat before they were replaced by their digital, fly-by-wire, laser-guided successors. There were many who believed it couldn't be done. Drawing on extensive interviews with the combatants, Falklands residents and British High Command, and with unprecedented access to contemporary military records, Rowland White takes us, for the first time, to the beating heart of the legendary raid. "Vulcan 607" is a story of ingenuity, courage and sheer bloody-mindedness that's has already become a classic since its first publication in 2006.


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    Title
    Vulcan 607
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Rowland White
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 42 mm
    Weight: 822 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780593071267
    ISBN 10: 0593071263
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC subject category V2: JWG
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    Publisher
    Transworld Publishers Ltd
    Imprint name
    Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
    Publication date
    21 June 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 is the author of two other books, Phoenix Squadron and Storm Front. He works in publishing in London.
    Review quote
    "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 "One helluva great flying story. The gripping narrative reads like a suspense thriller, yet every word is true" -- Stephen Coonts "Exciting and breathtakingly pacy... This is exactly how modern history should be written" -- Andy McNab "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 "Gripping, endlessly fascinating detail. I read the book in one sitting: it is an utterly compelling war story, brilliantly written" -- Simon Winchester