✯ Vulcan Boys: From the Cold War to the Falklands: True Tales of the Iconic Delta V Bomber Books ✴ Author Tony Blackman – Tactical-player.co.uk
This book is worth buying for the gripping account of the Falkland s Black Bucks operations alone, especially the fated Black Buck 6, which made an emergency diversion to Rio Janeiro Black Buck I, which is well covered elsewhere, is not overplayed but the contributors have provided some fascinating new insights There is also a very interesting account of the operations and life on Ascension Island during the Falklands conflict Other contributions that I found of particular interest concerned the Quick Reaction Alert ART routines and late life tanker conversions As with other books in the series, there are a lot of gratuitous mentions and blokes in front of aircraft photos, plus a few tales that are possibly of interest to those who were involved These minor niggles aside, it was a good read, well illustrated with a good selection of colour photos of the actual aircraft Not quite five stars for me, but pretty close. Lovely book showing the technical and human challenges faced by the RAF in the years after WW2 to provide a viable nuclear deterrent to protect the UK and the supreme efforts made to fulfil the op requirements for the Falklands War I was able to gain knowledge about the Vulcan from the very people who test flew it, flew it to deter aggression and then flew it in anger Equally I never knew that so many raids by Vulcans were planned and executed during the Falklands war Personal accounts were my particular favourites A well researched and written account of the service life a d retirement of this wonderful aviation legend. I was with the Vulcan force This is a great book essential reading for all Vulcanites The Vulcan, The Second Of The Three V Bombers Built To Guard The UK During The Cold War, Has Become An Aviation Icon Like The Spitfire, Its Delta Shape Instantly Recognizable, As Is The Howling Noise It Makes When The Engines Are Opened For Takeoff Vulcan Boys Is The First Vulcan Book Recounted Completely Firsthand By The Operators Themselves It Tells The Story Of The Aircraft From Its Design Conception Through The Cold War, When It Played Out Its Most Important Job As Britain S Nuclear Deterrent Before Unbelievably, At The End Of Its Service Life, Also Playing A Significant Role, With Its Bombs And Missiles, In Liberating The Falkland Islands, For Which It Gained Much Celebrity The Individual Accounts Detail How Hours At A Time Were Spent On Readiness, Waiting To Be Scrambled To Defend Their Country In The Event Of A Third World War In Addition They Detail How Their Aggressive Skills Were Honed By Carrying Out Lone Ranger Sorties Flying To The States And Westward Around The World And Taking Part In Giant Voice And Red Flag, Competitive Exercises Against The United States Strategic Air Command The Attacks In The Falklands Using Shrike Missiles Are Described Accurately And In Great Detail For The First Time, Including The Landing At Rio De Janeiro Alongside A Vivid Account Of Black Buck Vulcan Boys Is A Fascinating And Completely Authentic Listen, Reminding Us Of The Cold War, How It Was Fought, And The Considerable Effort Required To Prevent All Out Nuclear War Some interesting viewpoints gives a full picture It s an ok read, nothing outstanding about it, and only the last bit is to do with the Falklands. Told from the perspective of those who developed and flew this outstanding aircraft from just 10 years after the Lancaster to approaching the present day.