The Vulcan held the record for the longest bombing mission when it bombed the runway on the Falkland Islands after the Argentine invasion in 1982, a return journey of nearly 8,000 nautical miles. The mission was known as 'Black Buck One' and took almost 16 hours.
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…
Harriers, Victors and Nimrods at Ascension Island awaiting the arrival of the Vulcans from RAF Waddington before the attacks could begin. BLACK BUCK MEMORIES- In this exclusive article, Barry Masefield, relives his experiences back in 1982. (This article first appeared in 'The Vulcan' Magazine within a special 20th Anniversary edition - May 2002)
Inside the 1980s time capsule that is the Falklands War frigate HMS Plymouth