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 2. 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.
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This really is an excellent account of Vulcan operations in its military and civil roles. A fitting tribute to the design team; and those men in the Royal Air Force who flew the aircraft, and maintained it. My late father was an engineer with the Vulcan and served at Scampton, Waddington, and Akrotiri with them. He also served with Valiants and Victors in both their bomber and tanker roles. Undoubtedly the Vulcan was always his favourite. This book is a truly good historical record for generations to come. Well done.
I thought I knew a bit about the Vulcan, turns out I'd barely scratched the surface. this book has stories and information from all aspects of the development, testing, service of the bomber. It includes details that on the surface appear to be less glamorous than nuclear bombing and Port Stanley etc, but it turns out these were some of the most enjoyable sections, full of detail about parts of the cold war, nato and close work with other airforces. I really enjoyed it, it's great to hear accounts from navigators, ground crew, testers etc. I love the vulcan even more now, what a machine!
I enjoy history and particularly books on the First and Second World Wars. I also enjoy novels based on the period and modern day combat.
A full account of the operational life of Avro's last bomber. The story provides a great illustration of the "can do" spirit which persisted in the RAF during its operational life and let's hope it still does today.
I particularly enjoyed the accounts of the Black Buck operations and the early days of the test flying.
What I didn't enjoy or feel was necessary was the narrators efforts of putting on various accents. Apart from this small annoyance it was an interesting at times exciting and very informative listen.
This book is both well written and very informative on all aspects of the Avro Vulcan from its design stages through operational service, it last hurrah in the Falklands conflict and its final flying years ending with Vulcan to the sky trust and the other two "live"Vulcans.
A detailed & sometimes humorous history of the iconic V force bomber in all its glory - warts & all.
A difficult book to stop listening to. We all know some of the history but to have the gaps filled was very rewarding.
Roger Davis narrated this book with a genuine love & knowledge of this subject
All round a superb listen. If the Vulcan story is your passion then this is NOT TO BE MISSED
I only managed to listen for about three hours until I could no longer listen to the narration of this audiobook. I was just about coping with the strange staccato style, but could no longer concentrate on what was being said when the narrator broke into a comedy Australian accent when narrating a section written by an antipodean. Probably an interesting book, but the narration is too distracting.
"a compelling work but slow to start"
This is a great book about a very interesting aircraft and amazing people who flew it. Because it is first-person accounts, there are a few not as gifted storytellers. a few of the first stories particularly were dull but the vast majority of the book was very well-told and fascinating.
A great audiobook sharing first hand stories from the operators who flew the Vulcan. Loved every minute of it
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