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Iconic Falklands’ veteran Vulcan opened Farnborough Air-show

Monday, July 16th 2012 - 14:51 UTC
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Britain’s Farnborough International Air-show opened last week with a joint flypast of the Red Arrows and the world’s last airworthy Avro Vulcan bomber XH558 commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War. Read full article


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  • Idlehands

    The Vulcan is one of the highlights of the air shows as it makes a racket that can be heard for miles.

    However the Typhoon with afterburners steals the show. I just wish they were allowed to do a supersonic flypast

    Jul 16th, 2012 - 03:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • cLOHO

    Didn't the Rgs hear it coming in 82, probably to busy defacating in the houses of the islanders and classrooms of the school.

    Jul 16th, 2012 - 04:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    The Vulcan is getting old,
    But her presents, still makes a puddle on the sidewalk, of Argies who see it .??

    Jul 16th, 2012 - 05:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Doveoverdover

    @3 More puddles are made by Argies with prostrate problems, I think you'd agree.

    Jul 16th, 2012 - 06:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    Yes the Argentines have something here in common with Mr Spock. They went somewhere no Argy army had been before.......only to be send packing at warp factor 82.

    Jul 16th, 2012 - 09:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
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  • Marcos Alejandro

    Vulcan, that famous British bomber that failed to put the runway out of action in that stupid war long ago.

    Jul 17th, 2012 - 04:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    Do we have to tell you again the purpose of the raid ???????????
    The result was that all the A.A.F.'s fighter aircraft were kept in Argentina in case a raid was made on the mainland. This effectively meant that they could not be deployed where they would have been most effective i.e the Falklands. Game, set and match to us !!
    Read the account of it in “Black Buck”. No heroic jingoistic patter, just skilled determined airmen doing a job which was thought impossible by all leading air forces. Our country is rather good at that.
    Yes, it was a stupid war. If I remember rightly, it was your lot that started it. Who knows, if it had not taken place and you had shown yourselves as good neighbours, your country may have had some form of confederation with the Falklands . Now ? Highly unlikely.
    Your apology is accepted.

    Jul 17th, 2012 - 09:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    At last Marcos, you apologise for the stupid war, started by Argentina, finished by the UK.

    Thank you.

    Jul 17th, 2012 - 10:27 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Alexei

    @9 Apologising is something they'll never do. They say it was the junta, nothing to do with them. Well, millions of them were out on the streets celebrating a military invasion which was done by their countrymen in the name of their damned country, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of our people. All we get is excuses, never an apology, and now many of them are threatening to do the same thing again. Next time they start it they won't have a junta to blame, but they'll be a damned sight sorrier when we finish it. The Vulcan's retired, primarily a deterrent it did its job, but we don't need it anymore. Storm Shadow and Cruise missiles can do the job. I doubt we'd need to resort to Trident :)

    Jul 17th, 2012 - 01:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Steveu

    @7 Marcos

    It looked a pretty damned big hole to me - enough to deny Argentina the use of fast jets from The Falklands - the objective of the mission. Hercs and Pucaras were about the only things that could land there.

    Jul 17th, 2012 - 10:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conor

    @7 and @11
    Yeah and despite having all those Sky Hawks and Etendard's they didn't shoot down any Harriers in air to air combat. 122 Supersonic jets against 42 Subsonic Harriers and we shot down 35 of them. How bloody fantastic. So Marcos have you got any other points to make?

    Jul 18th, 2012 - 07:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    Marcos- once again you speak- and fall flat on your face!! That bomb in the runway 100% STOPPED FAA fast jets from using the airport - full stop- fact.
    As others have said it also caused the withdrawl of the FAA Mirage interceptors from the south to guard BA and other places and thus effectively “neutralized” the best air to air fighters the FAA had!
    That bombing raid was ONE of the key stone turning points of the whole conflict. Others were:

    Sinking of the ARA Belgrano- resultewd in the withdrawl and thus neutralisation of the Arg Nanvy.

    Capture of GooseGreen by a smaller force of Paratroopers against a numerically superior and heavier armed Argentine force. resulted in the Arg Army realising it was likley to loose the ground war.

    Jul 20th, 2012 - 04:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lost1

    Please support this page - Falkland Islands Desire The Right - dedicated to Falkland Islands current affairs, keeping the islands free and poking fun at the lunacy of the Argentine government and their various claims and winding up their Internet trolls -

    Jul 20th, 2012 - 05:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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