Valiant Units Of The Cold War by Andrew BrookesValiant Units Of The Cold War by Andrew Brookes

Valiant Units Of The Cold War

byAndrew BrookesIllustratorChris Davey

Paperback | August 21, 2012

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The RAF's first Cold War strategic bomber, the Vickers Valiant, was procured as an insurance measure in case either the Vulcan or Victor was found to have a serious flaw. The Valiant was the equivalent of the US B-47 Stratojet, and it blazed the trail for the British airborne nuclear deterrent as the aircraft enjoyed a far more active service career than later V-bombers. It was the launch platform for all British free fall nuclear weapons tests both in the Pacific and in central Australia, it took part in the Suez campaign in 1956 and it was the only V-bomber to drop (conventional) weapons in anger until the Falklands operation in 1982. The Valiant was modified to serve in the electronic warfare, strategic reconnaissance and airborne tanker role. It was the first V-bomber to operate down at low level when it was assigned to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), and the last six squadrons were scheduled to remain in service until 1970. However, the Valiant force had to be grounded in early 1965 when the aircraft succumbed to metal fatigue.
Andrew Brookes completed RAF pilot training after reading history at Leeds University. Following recce and strike tours on Victors, Canberras and Vulcans, during which he logged 3,500 flying hours, he served as a UK nuclear release officer in NATO and was the last operational RAF Commander at the Greenham Common cruise missile base. He...
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Title:Valiant Units Of The Cold WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 9.83 × 7.32 × 0.27 inPublished:August 21, 2012Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1849087539

ISBN - 13:9781849087537

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Table of Contents

Valiant creation /The first V-bomber into service - trailblazer for high level Cold War bombing tactics /The Suez Campaign /Christmas Island nuclear weapons tests /High level bombing capability and Cold War organisation /The Versatile Valiant (strategic reconnaissance and tanking) /Allocation to SACEUR for low-level operations in the tactical nuclear role /Metal fatigue and sudden demise /Appendices: Detailing all units equipped with the Valiant and where they were based; Comprehensive plate commentaries

Editorial Reviews

"Andrew Brookes's excellent book covers [the] achievements [of the Valian Units] and much more." -Aviation History (March 2014)"Author Andrew Brookes takes a look at the design and development of the Valiant including the build up of various units and the equipment that was used by the aircraft. We also get a good look at its time when it was used to test nuclear bombs in the South Pacific. The changes in mission are also closely followed so we can see how Valiant operations were carried out. Of course there are a goodly number of pilot and crew stories to go along with all of these events. This is very much a part of what makes this such an enticing series. Also included are quite a few full color profiles of Valiants in every camouflage scheme and with every unit that flew the aircraft. The book concludes with a brief synopsis of all the units that flew the aircraft. In all, I found the book to be a superb read about an aircraft that is often overlooked. Most highly recommended." -Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness (October 2012)"...enthusiasts of strategic bombing history will find [this book] fascinating." -David L. Veres, www.cybermodeler.com