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Vulcan 607

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  1,181 ratings  ·  72 reviews
It was to be one of the most ambitious operations since 617 Squadron bounced their revolutionary bombs into the dams of the Ruhr Valley in 1943 . . .

April 1982. Argentine forces had invaded the Falkland Islands. Britain needed an answer. And fast.

The idea was simple: to destroy the vital landing strip at Port Stanley. The reality was more complicated. The only aircraft th
Paperback, 520 pages
Published April 2nd 2007 by Corgi (first published 2006)
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Daniel Villines
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are certain things that are created through the engineering process that not only fulfill their specified requirements, but also possess an elegance that transcends their purpose. A suspension bridge, for example, with its thin wire drapery in tension and its bold towers in compression will span any canyon with a quiet beauty.

As another example, although conceived for grave purposes, the Avro Vulcan possessed an aesthetic elegance that exceeded its time. In the early 1950s, the Vulcan repl
Rupert Matthews
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
absolutwely fascinating. I can remember the Falklands War and recall this raid taking place. Great to be able to read the background and story of the raid in this much detail. Wonderfuld.
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book, providing a detailed account of the long range bombing missions undertaken by the RAF’s strategic bombing force during the Falklands War. The story very much centers on the technical and tactical innovations necessary to carry out the bombing raids, as well as the many risk calculations which went into the effort. The Vulcan bombers used in the raids had had their inflight refueling capability removed many years before. A good chunk of the book tells how various technical innovation ...more
"The Epic Story of the Most Remarkable British Air Attack Since WWII" - these words in the cover of the book had attracted my attention.

This is a non-fiction book on the British air raid on the airport of the Falkland Islands under Argentinian occupation.

The only aircraft capable of carrying out the raid- the Vulcans were three months from being scrapped. The book not only recounts the tremendous efforts, training, frustrations, dangers involved in carrying out the attack, it also provides glimp
Jan 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating read about the incredible logistics and planning involved in getting a newly retired aging fleet of Vulcan bombers from the UK to the Falkland Islands to bomb Port Stanley. Having lived a few miles from a Vulcan airbase this aircraft more than any other always fascinated me, it has a sound like no other aircraft, almost haunting, something once heard you never forget. So for me it was an interesting read because it went into a bit of the history of the aircraft also and some of the b ...more
Rose Stanley
Feb 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Found this really interesting - knew v little about the Falklands War (background and the war itself). A little bit "tally ho and derring do chaps" but maybe it really was like that?
Would make a great film in any case.
Dec 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A bit of a British Bulldog rip-snorter, chocks away lads, and let's give the Hun a damn good thrashing. This time, however, the enemy was the Argentineans, and the fact that they were so far away provided the story - how do you bomb the bastards when they're so far away you need to refuel your old Vulcan bomber seventeen times to make the return journey? But they did it, in a one-off attack that wasn't repeated, despite the fact that they did actually hit the targeted Stanley airfield they inten ...more
Feb 22, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars...

An account of the RAF bombing of the Falklands during the war with Argentina. Unbelievable what the RAF had to do to get one--one!--plane 4,000 miles to Ascension, and then another 4,000 miles to the Falklands.

What I liked: the pure seat-of-the-pants aspects of what they did; the excellent set-up of how the Falklands became an issue in the first place; the cut-aways of the Vulcan and Victor aircraft in the appendix.

What I didn't like: discussion of the British navy sinking an Argent
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
A very detailed military history of the first British air raid on the Falkland Islands runway held by Argentina in 1982. White explains how an old Vulcan nuclear bomber was repurposed to drop conventional bombs again, and how it launched with a complicated air-to-air refueling plan from Ascension Island. White contacted many of the people involved. (Yet it is very biased toward the British side, with little or no Argentine perspective.) I found the details fascinating, and the story suspenseful. ...more
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr White’s account of the RAF in the Falklands War is both spectacularly well written and contains amazing detail. The number of anecdotes brought in to spruce up the already good narrative only adds detail on the Falklanders and the RAF. Therefore, I can rather easily recommend this to anyone and everyone, even perhaps if flight machines and wars do not interest you.

Mr White’s interest in the Vulcan stems from his childhood; the boyish enthusiasm also shines through on these pages where the rag
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible
I read this book some years ago and picked it up from Audible to see if it was still as compelling a narrative as I'd remembered. It was. A brilliantly researched, thoroughly human tale of the extraordinary Black Buck bombing raids on Port Stanley Airport in the Falklands (at the time, in Las Malvinas), it is exemplary story telling threaded with first class research. For a tale of courage and achievement in the face of great odds, this one takes a lot of beating. Interestingly, Rowland White is ...more
Pete Spencer
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A detailed history of the Vulcan raid on the Falklands written against the geopolitical background of the time. Takes you from planning, through training to the raid itself. On one hand the mission was a triumph of British engineering: 15 aircraft, 19 refuellings, 40 take off/landings, 42 bombs and 1.5M pounds of fuel. On the other, just how poorly prepared the military was: having to scavenge parts from museum aircraft and a Vulcan having to abort due to a perished window seal.
Harold Brezina
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very detailed and meticulous in its description of the raid.

The story goes into great detail and builds up to a crescendo of action. Even after the raid was over the mission was not done yet.
Joseph Spuckler
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: war, british
I saw the Vulcan fly at the Cleveland Air Show in 1980. I will be forever impressed by the planes presence; the rest of the air show paled in comparison. This is a remarkable book about a mission that had so many opportunities to fail, but still succeeded.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
An incredibly story and a well written book. It pulls you in from the first word and keeps you gripping your seat until the last.
Tom Simpkins
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, war
Absolutely brilliant piece of writing about one of the greatest missions in the RAF history
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
I gave up on this
Randy Mosele
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thought there would be more to it.
Andrew Washburn
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reads like a Tom Clancy novel. Vulcan 607 reveals the near impossible task of servicing 30 year old aircraft to fly 16,000 miles for a single target. A true joy for technocrats and war story lovers.
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a fascinating insight into what has to be the most daring bombing raid, pulled off at short notice it took courage to complete.
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Having known about the Black Buck one mission for several years, I was pleased to come across this book to expand my knowledge of the raid.

Unlike the academic history books i usually read, Vulcan 607 is an easy read and doesn't make too much use of military jargon and the glossary is very helpful for the small amount it does use. The structure fo the book allows for the full telling of the story including an overview of the invasion itself and the initial formulation of the Black Buck raids. The
Apr 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Yet again we have an excellent tale of daring do against the odds but this ‘new revised’ edition fails to get at the real truth of much of what went on. It attempts to give accounts of the shrike raids and unlike the missiles, White falls short on the facts. That may not be entirely his fault as the crew involved may not wish to have the full detail of their raids, as some minor postscript to the bombing raids. The details of the success of the missile raids are available on the RAF Historical w ...more
Robin Houghton
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing all the way. Reads like a fiction novel and it isn't. A thoroughly gripping and engaging story, even more amazing for the fact that they reached the Falklands successfully. Fraught with challenges at every stage from its inception, political and military permissions required including some American back-up, planning, and having it all in place in a very short timescale. The logistics required were incredibly complicated and the precision needed so tight it left little room for plan B to ...more
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fic, war
On 1st May 1982 the RAF flew a 30-year-old Vulcan bomber 8,000 miles from Ascension to bomb the runway at Port Stanley in the Falklands. This book is the story of that raid.

Written like a thriller, even though you know the outcome Vulcan 607 keeps you on the edge of your seat as this feat of both airmanship and logistics unfolds.From cannibalising other aircraft for navigation and electronics components, reviving a dormant refuelling system and training the crews how to use it, to organising a r
Apr 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, military, uk
I've known of this raid for years, and also the other raids in the "Black Buck" series. This book brings it all home how such a close run thing it was to make the mission succeed. The book doesn't just concentrate on the Vulcan crew, but many of those involved in the planning of the mission, and also the intimate involvement of the Victor crews.

In a planning sense, the need to build in contingency after contingency is highlighted by the plan unravelling during the flight from Ascension to the Fa
Dec 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Vulcan 607 was a surprisingly entertaining read. There is a very useful glossary and while some parts refer to the technology involved the details didn't get in the way of the narrative of the story. I didn't think it was possible to enjoy a book largely about air to air refueling but I did. Don't expect too much back story to the Falklands conflict or any of the political ramifications of sinking the General Belgrano cruiser because you won't find them in this book. There are some photographs i ...more
Steve Smy
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
An amazing story of triumph over incredible adversity. A tale of courage and endurance, driven by an act of aggression which saw British soil invaded for the first time since the Second World War. Rowland White writes in a superb style, charting not only the superhuman efforts to get ageing RAF Vulcans ready for their longest, most daring mission ever, but the events that were taking place in the background, in locations from Britain to Argentina. The tale is spellbinding. The fact that it is a ...more
Mar 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-war-stories
This is an excellent account of what to me was a little known part of the Falklands war. I knew, like a lot of people, that a Vulcan had dropped bombs on an airstrip but that was all. This account rectified that.

You are taken from the very beginning of the initial proposal right up until the return of the aircraft that took part in the mission. The participants describe all the problems (some near fatal to the mission) and how herculean the mission actually was. All throughout the account every
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Well written but a stonkingly good story to work with! Whatever you think of the conflict or the rights or wrongs, you have to admire the planning, the work and the bravery and preparedness to sacrifice that was demonstrated by all those involved in Operation Blackbuck. As stunning an act as the bombing run itself was, what you really take away from the story is the crew of the final Victor fuel tanker who gave their own fuel supply to the Vulcan knowing full well they would be left with too lit ...more
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
An annoying book. One of the most fascinating and eccentric episodes of recent military history - the 1982 British air raid on the airport of the Argentine-occupied Falkland Islands, using obsolete aircraft at a ridiculously long range, with inadequate equipment and improvised planning - is dealt with in a clumsy and repetitive style which does no justice to a brilliantly promising story. In the search for a popular audience, this is cast neither as documentary history nor historical novel, and ...more
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