BLACK BUCK 1 – A #twitterVforce special

Welcome all to the latest blog here at www.twittervforce.com

Right then, this blog is really ‘hot off the press’ as the last tweet in this series was only posted 30 minutes ago. For those that follow Andy on twitter (@Avrovulcan617) you will be aware that he has been tweeting an ‘as it happened’ extravaganza on the daring Black Buck Raids during the Falklands Conflict in 1982. For those that did, I know that they have kept you all on the edges of your seat.

Below, with kind permission from Andy, we have reproduced his timeline of tweets and pictures for you all to enjoy again and again. As a note, the first date on all entries show the date on which the tweet was published and all of the original tweets included our hash tag #twitterVforce

For those yet to see…………………………….STANDBY

Big thanks to Andy

Rod

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27/04/2013 This afternoon 31 years ago (27/04/82) at Waddington 3 Vulcans B2’s were fully fuelled & prepped for their nine hour flight to Ascension Islands, the 3 crews had also been issued with 9mm Brownings

 

 

27/04/13 The three Vulcans departing Waddington for Ascension that afternoon in 82 were XM597 XM598 & XM607

27/04/13 The three Vulcans departing Waddington for Ascension that afternoon in 82 were XM597 XM598 & XM607

 

 

27/04/2013 Tonight 31 years ago three Vulcans XM597 XM598 & XM607 were inbound for Ascension Island

27/04/2013 Tonight 31 years ago three Vulcans XM597 XM598 & XM607 were inbound for Ascension Island

 

28/04/2013 31 years ago today Vulcans XM597 XM598 & XM607 arrived at Ascension Island

28/04/2013 31 years ago today Vulcans XM597 XM598 & XM607 arrived at Ascension Island

 

28/04/2013 Theatre of operations and the distances involved I keeping the air bridge & logistics going in '82

28/04/2013 Theatre of operations and the distances involved in keeping the air bridge & logistics going in ’82

 

28/04/2013 Very soon the Avro Vulcan crews would experience combat for the first time

28/04/2013 Very soon the Avro Vulcan crews would experience combat for the first time

 

28/04/2013 - 29/04/1982 Vulcans XM598 and XM607 were ready, as were John reeves & Martin Withers crews

28/04/2013 – 29/04/1982 Vulcans XM598 and XM607 were ready, as were John reeves & Martin Withers crews

 

 

28/04/2013 It was also going to be a big test on the Victor K2 crews also, the mission depended on them

28/04/2013 It was also going to be a big test on the Victor K2 crews also, the mission depended on them

 

 

29/04/2013 - 29/04/1982 the Victors and crews of 55 & 57 Sqns were ready

29/04/2013 – 29/04/1982 the Victors and crews of 55 & 57 Sqns were ready

 

29/04/2013 - 29/04/1982 The 42 1,000 pounders, 21 on each Vulcan were ready

29/04/2013 – 29/04/1982 The 42 1,000 pounders, 21 on each Vulcan were ready

 

30/04/2013 – 30/04/1982 “URGENT FLASH MESSAGE”

30/04/2013 At 15:12 on the 30/04/1982 the Ops team at Wideawake received a Flash message from Northwood, the message read….

30/04/2013 From Air Commander………………………..Operation BLACK BUCK execute op BLACK BUCK 1 AWHQ….

30/04/2013 …18Gp AAAA/19F/KAA 300853Z APR82 Time on target 010700Z May repeat 010700Z May….

30/04/2013 …delays in mission are acceptable providing that TOT is not later than 010900Z May 1982

30/04/2013 THE MISSION WAS ON

30/04/2013 A great little video reflecting on what happened 31 years ago tonight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpRtEABdxNc

OPERATION BLACK BUCK............................T - MINUS 2 HRS TO LAUNCH.........

30/04/2013 OPERATION BLACK BUCK…….T – MINUS 2 HRS TO LAUNCH………

 

The Primary......Vulcan XM598.....Blue Two and John Reeves crew

30/04/2013 The Primary……Vulcan XM598…..Blue Two and John Reeves crew

 

The Reserve.....Vulcan XM607.....Blur Four and Martin Withers crew

30/04/2013 The Reserve…..Vulcan XM607…..Blue Four and Martin Withers crew

 

30/04/2013 Here is the refuelling plan to get one Vulcan on target and to get back

30/04/2013 Here is the refuelling plan to get one Vulcan on target and to get back

 

30/04/2013 At 22:30hrs the Victors started their Conways

30/04/2013 At 22:30hrs the Victors started their Conways

 

30/04/2013 At 22:50 the first Victor was on its way

30/04/2013 At 22:50 the first Victor was on its way

 

30/04/2013 After the tenth Victor climbed off the tarmac it was XM598's turn......Blue Two was on its way

30/04/2013 After the tenth Victor climbed off the tarmac it was XM598’s turn……Blue Two was on its way

 

30/04/2013 60 seconds later the last Victor followed 598, the last to go was Blue Four XM607

30/04/2013 60 seconds later the last Victor followed 598, the last to go was Blue Four XM607

 

30/04/2013 Four minutes into the flight XM598 (Blue Two - the Primary) had to abort the mission

30/04/2013 Four minutes into the flight XM598 (Blue Two – the Primary) had to abort the mission

 

30/04/2013 XM607 (Blue Four - the Reserve) now became the primary, history was about to be made

30/04/2013 XM607 (Blue Four – the Reserve) now became the primary, history was about to be made

 

01/05/2013 - Saturday 01/05/1982 XM607 at roughly 04:43 local time dropped its load of 21 1,000lb bombs

01/05/2013 – Saturday 01/05/1982 XM607 at roughly 04:43 local time dropped its load of 21 1,000lb bombs

 

01/05/2013 the bombs hit the runway across a 30 degree angle to give a reasonable chance of a hit

01/05/2013 the bombs hit the runway across a 30 degree angle to give a reasonable chance of a hit

 

01/05/2013 As XM607 turned north the codeword was sent......this is One Quebec Delta........SUPERFUSE"

01/05/2013 As XM607 turned north the codeword was sent……”this is One Quebec Delta……..SUPERFUSE”

 

01/05/2013 Now it was time to go home, there were more problems on the run home

01/05/2013 Now it was time to go home, there were more problems on the run home

 

01/05/2013 XM607 and the Withers crew recovered safely to Ascension 15 hours & 45 mins after take off

01/05/2013 XM607 and the Withers crew recovered safely to Ascension 15 hours & 45 mins after take off

 

01/05/2013 Flight Lieutenant Martin Withers having just got out of XM607, he & his crew had been there 16 hours

01/05/2013 Flight Lieutenant Martin Withers having just got out of XM607, he & his crew had been there 16 hours

 

01/05/2013 After the attack Flt Lt Withers said 'we had just started a shooting war'

01/05/2013 After the attack Flt Lt Withers said ‘we had just started a shooting war’

 

01/05/2013 ......but we all had a job to do and we thought that job was worth doing

01/05/2013 ……but we all had a job to do and we thought that job was worth doing

 

01/05/2013 Squadron Leader Martin Withers DFC, today Martin is still involved with the Vulcan

01/05/2013 Squadron Leader Martin Withers DFC, today Martin is still involved with the Vulcan

 

01/05/2013....31 years later, he is chief pilot and Operations Manager for the last flying Vulcan XH558

01/05/2013….31 years later, he is chief pilot and Operations Manager for the last flying Vulcan XH558

 

01/05/2013 Operation black Buck was a fitting end to the Vulcan, as the Vulcan Sqns disbanded in '82

01/05/2013 Operation Black Buck was a fitting end to the Vulcan, as the Vulcan Sqns disbanded in ’82

 

01/05/2013 she went into combat with her fellow V Force sister, the Victor. The crews and aircraft did Britain proud

01/05/2013 she went into combat with her fellow V Force sister, the Victor. The crews and aircraft did Britain proud

 

tVf

 

 

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  • Andrew Gledhill

    Great set of pics. I may be in the one with the bombs. I was part of the armourer team that prepped and loaded the bombs for the first 3 black buck missions. Was great to be part of history being made.