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Long-distance sailors anchored in Lahewa Harbour. Lahewa is an increasingly popular port of call for sailors on the west-coast of Sumatra. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.northniastourism.com

Black Buck Buddies by Ivan Berryman - It is ironic that, just as the RAF were beginning to retire or re-assign their ageing force of V-bombers, the situation in the Falkland Islands called for a long-distance bombing mission to disable the runway at Port Stanley which now threatened to become an operational fighter base for the Argentine Air Force. Flying a round trip of some 8,000 miles, it was necessary for Avro Vulcan XM607 to refuel several times from a fleet of Victor tankers who…