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To: sukhoi-30mki

I remember when the Faulkland war was fought. A British "Vulcan" bomber had been in a local aircraft museum for a long time (I remember seeing it for as long as I can remember). Some British technicians flew in and spent a couple of weeks getting it ready to fly. Then it flew out of here to augment the warplanes being used in the Faulkland war.

I understand that they used something like 8 bombers for each mission of one or two that actually dropped bombs. They would use the others as tankers, carrying no bombs, but carrying as much fuel as possible. They would leave from England and some would refuel the others then turn around and head for home. Only the last one or two would make it all the way.

What a way to fight a war.


41 posted on 03/27/2007 6:34:37 AM PDT by jim_trent
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To: jim_trent

I recently saw a show about the war on the military channel. I was just as impressed with the logistical aspect of it as I was with the actual combat.


44 posted on 03/27/2007 6:36:35 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: jim_trent

Sadly your info/memory in incorrect. No Vulcan was in any museum and had to be taken out of it. All the Vulcans that were used were still in the air force squadron inventory.

The tanker support was from Victors. The Victor was the stablemate of the Vulcan, but had been converted to tanker duties many years previous. The tanker variant of the Vulcan came into service after the Falklands conflict.

The missions were flown from Ascension Island's Wideawake airfield.


63 posted on 03/27/2007 6:58:09 AM PDT by Tommyjo
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To: jim_trent

What you probably remember is the team that went to Castle Air Force museum in 1982. They went there to remove the refuelling probe from the Vulcan that was put on display there in 1981. No Vulcan was flown out of any museum to participate in the conflict.


64 posted on 03/27/2007 7:02:26 AM PDT by Tommyjo
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To: jim_trent
If we're talking about the bombing of the runway, the issue was refueling operations. The mission was flown from Ascension Island and required 17 refuelings. The aerial tankers themselves need other tankers to refuel them. There were two aircraft on the mission, with the back-up plane making the run because the primary aircraft had to turn back shortly after takeoff when it couldn't pressurize the cabin.

At the time, the mission was the longest bombing mission in history.

109 posted on 03/27/2007 5:10:11 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg
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To: jim_trent
I understand that they used something like 8 bombers for each mission of one or two that actually dropped bombs. They would use the others as tankers, carrying no bombs, but carrying as much fuel as possible. They would leave from England and some would refuel the others then turn around and head for home. Only the last one or two would make it all the way.

This couldn't be further from the truth. Where are you getting this info?

117 posted on 03/27/2007 9:45:22 PM PDT by NoCurrentFreeperByThatName (You lie, cheat and steal.)
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