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RAF V-Force Operations Manual

Britain's Frontline Nuclear Strike Force 1955-69

Andrew Brookes



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Haynes Publishing
27 July 2015
History; British & Irish history; Second World War; Air forces & warfare; Nuclear weapons
The term `V bomber' was used for RAF aircraft (Vickers Valiant, Handley Page Victor and Avro Vulcan) during the 1950s and 1960s that comprised the UK's strategic nuclear strike force known officially as the V-Force. The V-Force reached its peak in June 1964, with 50 Valiants, 70 Vulcans and 39 Victors in service. During the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, RAF V-Force bombers were brought to readiness on 15-minute notice with the aircraft armed and crews ready beside them. The RAF's V-Force remained Britain's nuclear deterrent up 1969 when the strategic role was assumed by the Royal Navy with its Polaris nuclear submarines.
By:   Andrew Brookes
Imprint:   Haynes Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 270mm,  Width: 210mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   742g
ISBN:   9780857337788
ISBN 10:   0857337785
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   27 July 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Andrew Brookes completed RAF pilot training after reading history at Leeds University. Following recce and strike tours on Victors, Canberras and Vulcans with 543, 85, 100, 35 and 101 Squadrons 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 publishes and broadcasts widely and is the author of twelve aviation titles including Vulcan Units of the Cold War, Victor Units of the Cold War and Valiant Units of the Cold War for Osprey. He received the Defence Aerospace Journalist of the Year Award in 2004 and 2006 and is currently Director of The Air League.

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