download Best Vulcan Boys: From the Cold War to the Falklands: True Tales of the Iconic Delta V Bomber –

The Vulcan, The Second Of The Three V Bombers Built To Guard The UK During The Cold War, Has Become An Aviation Icon Like The Spitfire, Its Delta Shape Instantly Recognizable, As Is The Howling Noise It Makes When The Engines Are Opened For Takeoff Vulcan Boys Is The First Vulcan Book Recounted Completely Firsthand By The Operators Themselves It Tells The Story Of The Aircraft From Its Design Conception Through The Cold War, When It Played Out Its Most Important Job As Britain S Nuclear Deterrent Before Unbelievably, At The End Of Its Service Life, Also Playing A Significant Role, With Its Bombs And Missiles, In Liberating The Falkland Islands, For Which It Gained Much Celebrity The Individual Accounts Detail How Hours At A Time Were Spent On Readiness, Waiting To Be Scrambled To Defend Their Country In The Event Of A Third World War In Addition They Detail How Their Aggressive Skills Were Honed By Carrying Out Lone Ranger Sorties Flying To The States And Westward Around The World And Taking Part In Giant Voice And Red Flag, Competitive Exercises Against The United States Strategic Air Command The Attacks In The Falklands Using Shrike Missiles Are Described Accurately And In Great Detail For The First Time, Including The Landing At Rio De Janeiro Alongside A Vivid Account Of Black Buck Vulcan Boys Is A Fascinating And Completely Authentic Listen, Reminding Us Of The Cold War, How It Was Fought, And The Considerable Effort Required To Prevent All Out Nuclear War The problem with this book is the author He was a test pilot from the early days of the Vulcan, and flew most of them ever built in testing before they were handed over to the RAF He therefore ought to be ideally placed to write Well, this isn t a history, precisely A history of the Vulcan would be rather short if only it were so His own writing has than a whiff of Boy s Own about it most things are impressive now I have to interrupt my reading to look up on the internet what ought to have been explained in the book What s the significance of the right hand seat I infer from what I m reading that the pilot sits in the left seat, and the co pilot or test observer is in the right, but I don t know whether that s a peculiarity of the Vulcan, of UK military aircraft, or whether it s true of all co piloted planes A simple one sentence explanation at the start would have cleared all that up And what s an AEO Aircraft Engineering Officer And that s all in Ch.1 At the start of Ch.2, it turns out an AEO is an Air Electronics Officer Almost the same thing, I suppose, but why wasn t it at the start of Ch.1, where it was needed In fairness, much of the time you get e.g operational conversion unit OCU , but today I picked it up, halfway through a chapter, to be confronted with RBSU What was that again Wasn t it defined earlier in the chapter Errrr There is actually a glossary, although I only noticed it halfway through, as I never read the table of contents silly me Nevertheless, it covers abbreviations only, not all of them, and why he couldn t treat them consistently in the text A real weakness is the author s blind spot as to just how much jargon not just abbreviations is being used, and it s often not well explained, if at all.Then there s the repetition The prime example is the switch from DC electrical power generation to AC It was rather important, apparently, and a plane was lost because of a total electrical failure on a DC equipped Vulcan But did we need to be told about it 4 times in the first 3 chapters This is not the fault of the reminiscing Boys , but of the author Similarly, you get a mention of the terrible tragedy at Heathrow , or read but that tale has been told elsewhere Yes, but I m reading THIS book It s all very frustrating at times.Finally, there is something to be said for the first hand account, but not everyone can tell a tale well, either orally or in writing A couple of the Boys can, and their contributions are gems Others are as average as much of the author s contributions, and a couple, I am sorry to say, are rambling mostly dull.The pictures are a mixed bunch Most are printed amongst the text The paper is of decent quality, so they generally come out OK ish, though many of them are crew groups, which is rather dull, and some are too monotone to make out detail because they re on ordinary paper Happily, there are two blocks of high quality, glossily printed photo s, only one of which is a crew group, so Brownie points for that, and there is, to be fair, some good stuff in the text, in amongst the less good.Ultimately, I m left with the impression that this was written BY Vulcan Boys FOR Well, ex RAF erks, at most I m not a member of the club, so it leaves me feeling a bit left out a bit let down The book needed to be edited properly it wasn t Overall, if you re ex RAF with your own service memories to draw on, you ll likely enjoy this rather than I did, but I can t, in all honesty, award it than 2 I m unlikely to purchase any of the author s work. This book is worth buying for the gripping account of the Falkland s Black Bucks operations alone, especially the fated Black Buck 6, which made an emergency diversion to Rio Janeiro Black Buck I, which is well covered elsewhere, is not overplayed but the contributors have provided some fascinating new insights There is also a very interesting account of the operations and life on Ascension Island during the Falklands conflict Other contributions that I found of particular interest concerned the Quick Reaction Alert ART routines and late life tanker conversions As with other books in the series, there are a lot of gratuitous mentions and blokes in front of aircraft photos, plus a few tales that are possibly of interest to those who were involved These minor niggles aside, it was a good read, well illustrated with a good selection of colour photos of the actual aircraft Not quite five stars for me, but pretty close. I was able to gain knowledge about the Vulcan from the very people who test flew it, flew it to deter aggression and then flew it in anger Equally I never knew that so many raids by Vulcans were planned and executed during the Falklands war Personal accounts were my particular favourites A well researched and written account of the service life a d retirement of this wonderful aviation legend.