Rowland White

Harrier 809
  • Harrier 809

  • ‘A military adventure, written with expertise…a tale of initiative,skill and courage, of pushing beyond the rules.’ The Spectator

    April 1982. Argentina invades the Falkland Islands.

    In response, Britain despatches a naval Task Force. Eight thousand miles from home, its fate hinges on just twenty Sea Harriers against the two hundred-strong might of the Argentine Air Force.

    The odds against them are overwhelming.

    The MoD’s own estimates suggest that half the Harriers will be lost within a week. Against this background, 809 Naval Air Squadron is reformed, trained and sent south to fight.

    Not since WWII had so much been expected of such a small band of pilots.

    Combining groundbreaking research with the pace of a thriller, Rowland White reveals the full story of the fleet’s knife-edge fight for survival for the first time, and shows how the little jump jet went from airshow novelty to sealing its reputation as an icon of British aviation, alongside the Spitfire and the Hurricane.

    ‘Without the Sea Harrier there could have been no Task Force’
    Admiral Sir Henry Leach, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff

Rowland White is the author of four critically acclaimed works of aviation history: Vulcan 607, Phoenix Squadron, Storm Front and Into the Black, as well as a compendium of aviation, The Big Book of Flight. Born and brought up in Cambridge, he studied Modern History at Liverpool University. In 2014 he launched Project Cancelled to produce apparel inspired by the best in aviation, space and other cool stuff. Find it at projectcancelled.com For more information on Rowland White and his books visit his website at rowlandwhite.com or find him on Twitter at @rowlandwhite


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