Air War in the Falklands 1982

Air War in the Falklands 1982


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Air War in the Falklands 1982 by Chris Chant, Mark Rolfe

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.

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ISBN-13: 9781841762937
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 06/28/2001
Series: Combat Aircraft Series
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 7.22(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.22(d)

About the Author

Christopher Chant is a successful writer on modern military matters, and has a substantial number of authoritative titles to his credit. Military history, and the history of military aviation in particular have long been his passion. Having been part of the editorial team on Purnell's best-selling 'History of the First World War' and 'History of the Second World War', he became a full-time writer and editor in 1974, working extensively on military and aviation subjects. He is also a regular contributor to specialist journals.

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Air War in the Falklands 1982 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
chiefstrobel More than 1 year ago
Great book full of information and photos not normaly avaiable in the USA. Hard fought war, that but for the courage of the men and women of the Armed Forces could have been lost. No other book I know of gives this in depth on the Air Side of the War.