GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12713 posts, RR: 80 Posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1919 times:
This new, incredibly detailed account on the work needed, then the actual attack, by a Vulcan (XM607), on the runway at Port Stanley in the Falklands in April/May 1982, is a very readable account of this famous action.
It is in fact, a new classic, about the best aviation book I've ever read, yet perfectly accessible to the more general reader.
The book also goes into great detail about the Victor tankers that made it all possible, the crews of both aircraft, their personalities all well drawn.
If you already knew this first 'Black Buck' mission was a triumph of rapid improvisation, planning, endurance and raw courage, you are right, but until you read this book, you don't know the half of it!
Vulcan 607 gets my very highest possible recommendation.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12713 posts, RR: 80 Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1812 times:
Great stuff Richard, you'll enjoy it.
I should maybe quote some reviews;
Jeremy Clarkson - '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'.
Clive Cussler - 'A masterwork of narrative history. Brilliantly described, the story of an impossible British mission is a compelling one; it's telling long overdue'.
Len Deighton - 'Vulcan 607 deserves to become an aviation classic'.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12713 posts, RR: 80 Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1714 times:
Glad you like it, it is a 'moorish' read.
I thought I knew loads about the Vulcan and Victor, the Black buck missions, but I reckon there was new info on nearly every page for me.
Including how close run the first mission was, fuel wise.
The human side was well covered too, these were not aircraft with modern automation.