This gripping film tells the humorous yet heroic story of how a crumbling, Cold-War era Vulcan flew the then longest range bombing mission in history and how a WW2 vintage bomb changed the ... See full summary »

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Himself - Narrator (as Alastair McGowan)
Alastair Montgomery ...
Himself - Squadron Leader
Simon Baldwin ...
Himself - Wing Commander
John Reeve ...
Himself - Squadron Leader and Lead Pilot
Michael Beetham ...
Himself - Chief of the Air Staff 1977-1982 (as Sir Michael Beetham)
Hugh Prior ...
Himself - Aircraft Electronics Officer
Martin Withers ...
Himself - Flight Lieutenant
Dick Russell ...
Himself - Flight Lieutenant and Refuelling Instructor
Jeremy Price ...
Himself - Group Captain
Bob Tuxford ...
Himself - Squadron Leader
Simon Blood DeVay ...
Flight Lieutenant Martin Withers (as Simon DeVay)
Tim Driscoll
Andy Elvin
Ian William
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This gripping film tells the humorous yet heroic story of how a crumbling, Cold-War era Vulcan flew the then longest range bombing mission in history and how a WW2 vintage bomb changed the outcome of the Falklands War. On 30th April 1982, the RAF launched a secret mission; to bomb Port Stanley's runway, putting it out of action for Argentine fighter jets. The safety of the British Task Force depended on its success. But the RAF could only get a single Vulcan 8,000 miles south to the Falklands as just one bomber needed an aerial fleet of thirteen Victor tanker planes to refuel it throughout the 16 hour round-trip. From start to finish, the seemingly impossible mission was a comedy of errors, held together by sheer British pluck and ingenuity. On the brink of being scrapped, only three of the ageing nuclear bombers could be fitted out for war, one to fly the mission and two in reserve. Crucial spare parts were scavenged from museums and scrap yards - one vital piece found as an ashtray ... Written by Darlow Smithson Productions

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Narrator: Gordon the navigator was having to make do - the RAF didn't have any maps of the South Atlantic.
Hugh Prior, Aircraft Electronics Officer: Our navigator finished up using maps of the northern hemisphere, turned upside-down.
Narrator: Gordon changed the Azores into the Falklands.
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