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Harrier 809

Rowland White

Britain's Legendary Jump Jet and the Untold Story of the Falklands War
April 1982. Argentina invades the Falkland Islands. In response, Britain despatches a naval Task Force.

Eight thousand miles from home, its fate hinges on just twenty Sea Harriers against the two hundred-strong might of the Argentine Air Force. The odds against them are overwhelming. The MoD's own estimates suggest that half the Harriers will be lost within a week.

Against this background, 809 Naval Air Squadron is reformed, trained and sent south to fight. Not since WWII had so much been expected of such a small band of pilots. Combining groundbreaking research with the pace of a thriller, Rowland White reveals the full story of the fleet's knife-edge fight for survival for the first time, and shows how the little jump jet went from airshow novelty to sealing its reputation as an icon of British aviation, alongside the Spitfire and the Hurricane.

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'A military adventure, written with expertise...a tale of initiative, skill and courage, of pushing beyond the rules.' The Spectator April 1982. Argentina invades the Falkland Islands. In response, Britain despatches a naval Task Force. Eight thousand miles from home, its fate hinges on just twenty Sea Harriers against the two hundred-strong might of the Argentine Air Force. The odds against them are overwhelming. The MoD's own estimates suggest that half the Harriers will be lost within a week. Against this background, 809 Naval Air Squadron is reformed, trained and sent south to fight. Not since WWII had so much been expected of such a small band of pilots. Combining groundbreaking research with the pace of a thriller, Rowland White reveals the full story of the fleet's knife-edge fight for survival for the first time, and shows how the little jump jet went from airshow novelty to sealing its reputation as an icon of British aviation, alongside the Spitfire and the Hurricane. 'Without the Sea Harrier there could have been no Task Force' Admiral Sir Henry Leach, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff

ISBN: 9781787631588
Format: Hardback
Author(s): Rowland White
First Publishment Date: 30 April 2020

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  1. A rattling good book, a real page-turner, very well written. . review by Warship World reader JB on 03/12/2020

    A rattling good book, a real page-turner, very well written. It covers the air war during the Falklands war in relentless, thorough detail which is gripping.

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