Harrier 809

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

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'A military adventure, written with expertise…a tale of initiative,skill and courage, of pushing beyond the rules.' The Spectator

April 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.

'Without the Sea Harrier there could have been no Task Force'
Admiral Sir Henry Leach, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff

Book information

ISBN: 9781787631588
Publisher: Transworld
Imprint: Bantam Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 997.1102448
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 18441
Number of pages: xv, 481 , 24 unnumbered of plates
Weight: 808g
Height: 322mm
Width: 234mm
Spine width: 32mm