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Vulcan 607 - A Very Highly Recommended Book

Fri Jul 14, 2006 2:30 am

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.

This review alerted me to it, turns out it's a fair reflection of this work (they do mean 1961, not 1951, when discussing in flight refuelling in this review) ;
http://books.guardian.co.uk/reviews/history/0,,1779024,00.html

More here, (it's also on Amazon);
http://www.countrybookshop.co.uk/books/index.phtml?whatfor=0593053915

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.

Enjoy this too;
http://www.avrovulcan.org.uk/index.html
 
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RE: Vulcan 607 - A Very Highly Recommended Book

Fri Jul 14, 2006 3:13 am

Ordered! £10.99 on Amazon.

Thanks for the heads up GDB.
 
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RE: Vulcan 607 - A Very Highly Recommended Book

Sun Jul 16, 2006 1:39 am

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'.
 
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RE: Vulcan 607 - A Very Highly Recommended Book

Fri Jul 21, 2006 11:49 pm

Well, just finished it!

Absolutely fantastic read, very very indepth and it brought a number of surprises with it! It also does a great job of outlining the scale of the job at hand.

Cheers
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RE: Vulcan 607 - A Very Highly Recommended Book

Sat Jul 22, 2006 2:06 am

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.

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