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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Vulcan 607 by Rowland White, read by Roy McMillan.

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....

When Argentine forces invaded the Falklands in the early hours of 2 April 1982, Britain's military chiefs were faced with a real-life Mission Impossible. Its opening shot, they decided, would be Operation Black Buck: to strike a body blow at the occupying army and make them realise that nothing was safe - not even Buenos Aires....

The idea was simple: to destroy the vital landing strip at Port Stanley. The reality was more complicated. The only aircraft that could possibly do the job was three months from being scrapped, and the distance it had to travel was 4,000 miles beyond its maximum range. It would take 15 Victor tankers and 17 separate in-flight refuellings to get one Avro Vulcan B2 over the target and give its crew any chance of coming back alive.

Yet less than a month later, a formation of elderly British jets was launched from a remote island airbase to carry out the longest-range air attack in history. At the tip of the spear was a single aircraft, six men, and 21 thousand-pound bombs, facing a hornet's nest of modern weaponry: the radar-guided guns and missiles of the Argentine defences. There would be no second chances.

It was the end of an era - the last time the RAF flew heavy bombers into combat before they were replaced by their digital, fly-by-wire, laser-guided successors. There were many who believed it couldn't be done.

Drawing on extensive interviews with the combatants, Falklands residents and British High Command, and with unprecedented access to contemporary military records, Rowland White takes us, for the first time, to the beating heart of the legendary raid. Vulcan 607 is a story of ingenuity, courage and sheer bloody-mindedness that's destined to become a classic.

©2010 Rowland White (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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  • mr d
  • 13-02-2018

brilliant

The channel 4 documentary on this is good but the book has more detail. The narrator does justice to the subject. You wonder how they achieved the mission, remarkable.

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  • M. Charlton
  • 10-04-2018

Simply brilliant

I've read it twice and now listened. Captivating from start to finish. Ranks as a favourite. Brilliant story of some truly remarkable people.

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  • D E Wrightson
  • 14-08-2018

Long and intense read

Good account of available information. When more is declassified, this book will probably need rewriting.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-08-2018

Excellent

A brilliant book. Brilliant narrative and narration. If aviation history is your subject this is the book for you. Even as a book to just listen to its really first class. The RAF have always been a brave and resourceful service. This book shows just that I would highly recommend this you will not be disappointed... R.Turner

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  • Irishguy
  • 29-07-2018

Never quite reaches climax.

Quite well performed by the Narrator.
The story was very well researched but somewhat lacking in something, couldn't put my finger on it though felt the actual climactic point passed quickly and without any real drama. Then it trailed off to talk about the Squadron history and the Vulcan force overall. Quite an unravelled finish I thought.

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  • Keith H. Slater
  • 08-07-2018

Great!

I really enjoyed it and being from Lincoln, I am well acquainted with Raf Waddington. The magic of the Vulcan lives on!

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  • Bob Upndown
  • 26-06-2018

Outstanding account of an outstanding event

I read the book when it came out and loved it. The audio book contains the exact same words as the physical book, but I was taken with just how well the tone and style of the narration brings the subject to life. It's incredibly well written and fast moving. It paints an accurate picture of events and gives enough additional background material to nicely set the context. I'd say this book is a modern classic, a real masterpiece of writing. The excellent narrator brings it to life and paints vivid mental pictures.

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  • Philip
  • 24-06-2018

Brilliant - factual, non-gushy & accurate

I rarely give 5 stars but this is a tremendous story. It's well researched and written by someone who knows their subject.

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  • Mr J S Stockill
  • 22-05-2018

Captivating!!

An incredible account of how the RAF's V force turned the Falklands war around in a long range bombing run never attempted before. And all done in aircraft which were due to be retired just weeks before through brute skill and determination. For anyone interested in aircraft, the military, engineering, or tactical warfare this book is for you.

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  • Jason T
  • 24-04-2018

Great book

Great book, loved it to read, really enjoyed listening it also. Really informative book which could be thought of as fiction if didn't know better