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'First Wednesday Event' Black Buck 1 Mission with Bob Tuxford
Wed 5 April 2017, 19:00 – 22:00 BST
After the Argentine Invasion of the Falkland Islands in 1982, the Royal Air Force established a Forward Operating Base in the mid-South Atlantic. As “Wide Awake Airfield” was almost 4000nm from the Falkland Islands, any air operations mounted against the Argentine Invasion Forces would be dependent upon air-to-air refuelling.
On the night of 30 April/1st May 1982, Operation Black Buck was mounted signalling the commencement of offensive air operations during the Falklands Campaign. Because of the extreme distances involved, eighteen Victors were needed in the air-to-air-refuelling role to support a single Vulcan B2 to bomb the runway at the airport of Port Stanley on East Falkland Island.
The complexity of the refuelling plan, which included 23 individual refuelling contacts – the vast majority undertaken at night – placed crews and aircraft at the limits of their capabilities. In the event, extreme weather conditions encountered after some six hours airborne time resulted in one of the Victor aircraft breaking its probe during refuelling with near-catastrophic results.
In resolving these circumstances, Bob Tuxford’s crew were able to deliver the lone bomber the final refuelling to enable the Vulcan to press home its attack, but in doing so Bob and his crew had to prejudice their own fuel reserves needed for a return to base. For their contribution that night, Sqn Ldr Bob Tuxford was awarded the Air Force Cross, and his crewmembers the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air.
Join us to hear Bob’s unique perspective of the trials and tribulations of that Iconic longest bombing mission in history.
Venue: Chalecote Pheasant
Time: 1900 - 2200 (talk to begin at 1930)
Members Guests £5