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  • Published: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446422366
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 576
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Vulcan 607




The dramatic account of the last British bomber raid - the long-range attack on Stanley airfield that opened the Falklands War.

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 . . .

  • Published: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446422366
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 576
Categories:

About the author

Rowland White

Rowland White is the author of four critically acclaimed works of aviation history: Vulcan 607, Phoenix Squadron, Storm Front and Into the Black, as well as a compendium of aviation, The Big Book of Flight. Born and brought up in Cambridge, he studied Modern History at Liverpool University. In 2014 he launched Project Cancelled to produce apparel inspired by the best in aviation, space and other cool stuff. Find it at projectcancelled.com

For more information on Rowland White and his books visit his website at rowlandwhite.com or find him on Twitter at @rowlandwhite

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Praise for Vulcan 607

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

Vulcan 607 deserves to become an aviation classic

Len Deighton

One helluva great flying story. The gripping narrative reads like a suspense thriller, yet every word is true

Stephen Coonts

Absolutely riveting ... takes you right into the planning rooms and cockpits ... Don't miss this one!

Dale Brown

Vulcan 607 grips like a two-spar fin torsion box structure, whatever your gender.

Evening Standard

Rowland White tells this splendid story with panache.

Daily Telegraph

Exciting and breathtakingly pacy...This is exactly how modern history should be written

Andy McNab

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