Fighters Over the Falklands: Defending the Islanders’ Way of Life

Author(s): Dave Gledhill 

ISBN: 9781781552223
Copies: 75

A British task force defeated Argentinean forces in 1982. However, by 1987, the RAF was defending the Falklands from invasion with just four jet fighters, five aircrews and fifty-five personnel.
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Fighters Over the Falklands: Defending the Islanders’ Way of Life captures daily life using pictures taken during the author’s tours of duty in the Falkland Islands. From the first detachments of Phantoms and Rapiers operating from a rapidly upgraded RAF Stanley airfield and RAF Mount Pleasant, see life from the author’s perspective as Commander of the Tornado F3 Flight. Frontline fighter crews provided Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) during day to day flying operations working with the Royal Navy, Army and other air force units to defend a remote and sometimes forgotten theatre of operations. The book also examines how the islanders interacted with the forces based at Mount Pleasant and contrast high technology military operations with the lives of the original inhabitants, namely the wildlife.

Fighters Over the Falklands: Defending the Islanders’ Way of Life is unique in that the author flew in the legendary Phantom and Tornado in the frontline and captured beautiful and amazing unpublished photographs that will appeal to historians, military specialists and modellers alike.

BOOK ISBN 9781781552223
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING hardback
PAGES 256 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 December 2013
ILLUSTRATIONS 66 black-and-white and 72 colour photographs

Dave Gledhill is an aviation enthusiast and aviator. Having been awarded his pilot's licence at the age of 17, he was commissioned in the RAF in 1974 and trained as an air navigator, before converting to the F4 Phantom in the Air Defence role. After tours in the UK and Germany, he went on to be a radar tactics instructor on the Operational Conversion Unit. One of the first instructors on the new Tornado F2, he eventually became the Executive Officer on the OCU and OC1435 Flight flying the Tornado F3.