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Port Stanley Airfield – after the raid!

Port Stanley Airfield – after the raid!

The only time the Vulcan was used in anger was during the South Atlantic Conflict in 1982, when Vulcans, each supported by 13 Victor air-to-air refuelling tankers, flew 7 missions from Ascension Island tothe Falkland Islands. The 1st "Black Buck" sortie, with the Vulcan armed with twenty-one 450kg conventional bombs, placed one bomb in the centre of the runway at Port Stanley airfield, proving its vulnerability and causing the Argentine invaders to change their plans. These raids captured the world record at the time for the longest-ever bombing mission: a return journey of nearly 8000 miles (12,500km), taking 15 hrs 45 mins.

1st Bombing Mission "Black Buck One" (Bottom strip) - 1st May 1982. 2nd Bombing Mission "Black Buck Two" (Top strip) - 3rd May 1982. 1st Bomb hits centre of runway. Of major note: Our Chief pilot in 2010, is the very same Martin Withers DFC, who captained the first successful mission.

Looking for Chadwick's transponder code for Mission 1?  Congratulations-   It's  4605  Save that with your other clues for your submission at the end of May.

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