Containing 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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Exciting and breathtakingly pacy... This is exactly how modern history should be written -
Gripping, endlessly fascinating detail. I read the book in one sitting: it is an utterly compelling war story, brilliantly written -
A masterwork of narrative history. Brilliantly described, the story of an impossible British mission is a compelling one; it's telling long overdue -
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 -
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 -
Vulcan 607 deserves to become an aviation classic -
One helluva great flying story. The gripping narrative reads like a suspense thriller, yet every word is true -
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
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.