Air War in the Falklands 1982

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Air War in the Falklands 1982

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The Falklands War (1982), fought between the United Kingdom and Argentina for the possession of the Falkland Islands, was probably the last 'colonial' war that will ever be undertaken by the British. This book shows how the key to British success was the speed with which the British gained and then maintained air superiority over the islands and the waters around them with their small force of Sea Harrier STOVL warplanes, which operated from two aircraft carriers. Though subsonic, the Sea Harrier and its Sidewinder AAM were a combination altogether superior to Argentina's mix of supersonic and subsonic warplanes with older weapons, and this advantage was emphasised by the significantly greater tactical acuity of the British pilots. The Argentine pilots fought with considerable piloting skill and enormous courage, and scored a number of stunning successes against British warships, but ultimately they could not prevent the British landing and the following land campaign that resulted in complete Argentine defeat.

Table of Contents

Invasion in the South Atlantic/The Forces Gather/First Clashes/The Black Buck Mission/Exocet!/In Support of the Land War

Product details

Published Jun 25 2001
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781841762937
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 85 b/w; 37 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Combat Aircraft
Short code COM 28
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Mark Rolfe

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