Cover art for Harrier 809
Published
Bantam Press, June 2020
ISBN
9781787631595
Format
Softcover, 512 pages
Dimensions
23.4cm × 15.3cm × 3.8cm

Harrier 809 Britain's Legendary Jump Jet and the Untold Story of the Falklands War

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'Harrier 809 is a truly insightful study of this iconic British aircraft at war, and a tremendous account of the personal experiences of those who flew it in battle. By turns exciting, moving and enlightening; Rowland White has crafted yet another brilliant account of aerial warfare.'

JOHN NICHOL, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF SPITFIRE'Without the Sea Harrier there could have been no Task Force'Admiral Sir Henry Leach, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval StaffApril 1982. Argentina invades the Falkland Islands. In response, Britain despatches a naval Task Force. Eight thousand miles from home, its fate hinges on just twenty Sea Harriers against the two hundred-strong might of the Argentine Air Force. The odds against them are overwhelming. The MoD's own estimates suggest that half the Harriers will be lost within a week. Against this background, 809 Naval Air Squadron is reformed, trained and sent south to fight. Not since WWII had so much been expected of such a small band of pilots. Combining groundbreaking research with the pace of a thriller, Rowland White reveals the full story of the fleet's knife-edge fight for survival for the first time, and shows how the little jump jet went from airshow novelty to sealing its reputation as an icon of British aviation, alongside the Spitfire and the Hurricane.

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