" Phoenix Squadron "by Rowland White: Jacket spine showing the VERY GOOD condition of this jacket.

PHOENIX SQUADRON

Rowland White

HMS Ark Royal, Britains Last Top Guns and the Untold Story of Their Most Dramatic Mission

This 1st. edition published 2009 by Bantam  Press, an imprint of Transworld Publishers, London

Ablack cloth bound book with silver lettering to the spine in VERY GOOD condition in an un-price clipped dust wrapper in VERY GOOD condition. Both book and wrapper have only miminal handling wear. Pages pristine - no inscriptions.." Phoenix Squadron "by Rowland White: This small icon is used elsewhere in my site as a link to this page!

552 pages including comprehensive notes, a list of personal sources held in the Department of Documents of the Imperial War Museum, a select bibliography and a good index.

407 pages including 24 pages of photo plates mostly in colour

160 mm. x 240 mm. x 34 mm. Weight wrapped <900 gms.

ISBN 9780593054505

PRICE £5.00 plus postage

" Phoenix Squadron "by Rowland White: Book's spine showing VERY GOOD condition of this book.

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FRONT FLAP BLURB " Phoenix Squadron by Rowland White " by Glyn Prysor: Here, from this image of the front of the jacket, the general condition can be judged.

HMS Ark Royal was the most powerful warship the Royal Navy had ever put to sea. 50,000 tons of British Sovereign Territory — a floating airfield that was home to 2,700 men, a stockpile of nuclear weapons, and the most modern, capable air force in Europe. Launched by catapult from a pitching flight deck, Ark's squadrons of supersonic F-4 Phantom interceptors, Blackburn Buccaneer strike jets and state-of-the-art Sea King helicopters were a match for anything else in the sky.

But, laid down in 1943, by the early seventies Ark Royal was in the twilight of her career. Only kept in service to help face down the Cold War threat from the powerful Soviet Navy, it seemed Ark would play no further part on the world's stage.

Then, in January 1972, intelligence reached Whitehall that British Honduras — now Belize — was threatened with imminent invasion.To defend the colony Britain's response would have to be immediate and unequivocal. And Ark Royal offered the only effective means of preventing the little Central American country being overrun by battle-hardened, US-trained Guatemalan paratroops. But first the old carrier would have to endure a high-speed, 1,500-mile dash across the Atlantic towards the Gulf of Mexico. Only then would it be possible to execute an audacious, record-breaking plan to launch a pair of Buccaneers on an extraordinary and unprecedented long-range mission. It was an operation loaded with difficulty and danger.

Drawing on many hours of interviews with the participants and previously unseen, classified documents in the UK and abroad, Rowland White, bestselling author of Vulcan 607, has pieced together this remarkable episode for the first time. Phoenix Squadron brings to life a unique, unfamiliar and thrilling piece of post-war British military history: the world of the Fleet Air Arm's last Top Guns.

 

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