Operation Black Buck
Black Buck One
Black Buck Two
Black Buck Three
Black Buck Four
Black Buck Five
Black Buck Six
Black Buck Seven
This book by Rowland White tells the incredible story of the first Black Buck mission - the first of five Vulcan bomber attacks carried out on Port Stanley during the 1982 Falklands War.
The book really divides into two main sections:
The Vulcan has always been a popular aircraft in Britain, and it's easy to assume that this popularity automatically translated into operational capability. When you read this book, you will have a new appreciation that the operational capability mainly came as a result of the tremendous skill of RAF engineers and aircrew.
The thing that I love most about the book is it explores, in lucid detail, the engineering challenges that the RAF faced, and overcame. For example: What do you do if the inflight refuel system has been removed more than a decade ago, and you need to restore it? How do you attach a modern ECM pod to an aircraft which has no appropriate fitting for it, and for which there is no time to design a new fitting?
In short, I absolutely love this book. I'm confident that anybody with even a modicum of interest in military aviation will too.
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