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A gripping tale of get-it-done regardless
April 22, 2018
The mission to bomb the Port Stanley runway took a lot more cajones on the part of the aircrews involved than I had ever realized, before reading this highly readable account. The crews of both Vulcan 607 and the long slot Victor are heroes, although that's not to downplay the other tankers involved in the complex air to air refueling that made the mission possible in the first place. Having been a Vulcan ground crew member back in the Cold War days, I am very familiar with the features of the Vulcan's cramped cockpit, so could visualize their discomfort during the many hours the crew spent in there.
The later Black Buck 6 anti-radar sortie that had to divert to Rio on the return leg was interesting, not least because the reason given for the diversion is slightly different from that given in "The Vulcan Boys" book. In "Vulcan 607," it was supposed to be a sheared off refueling probe, whereas the "The Vulcan Boys" blames it on the Vulcan's probe causing damage to the tanker's hose drogue basket that not only made the drogue unusable, but also sent splinters of aluminum into the Vulcan's engine intakes, damaging the inlet guide vanes. Both reasons, however, are laid at the feet of the exhausted Vulcan's captain. I wonder what really happened?