• Harrier 809

  • The Epic Story of How a Small Band of Heroes Won Victory in the Air Against Impossible Odds
  • By: Rowland White
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (80 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

April 1982. Argentina invades the Falkland Islands.

In response, Britain dispatches a naval Task Force. Eight thousand miles from home, its fate hinges on just 20 Sea Harrier fighters against the 200-strong might of the Argentine Air Force.

The odds against them are overwhelming.

British Defense Chiefs' 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 writing its name in aviation legend. And of how a small band of heroes won victory against impossible odds.

©2020 Rowland White (P)2021 Tantor

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Fast paced thriller

Rowland White’s Harrier 809 reads like a movie. It’s fast paced to such a degree that the reader feels present in one if the most perilous wars of the 20th century. The Falklands War never got the attention it deserved. Here’s to hoping that changes. This book should be one that helps change all perceptions. Wonderful narration by Roy McMillan.

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Harrier 809

What a detailed depiction of the logistics and tactics that were brought to bear to prosecute the war in the Falklands.
I would recommend this audible version of Harrier 809 to any military history buff
The audible version broadened my understanding about how the Falklands war fought by both sides

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Great book

This book was well written and a great narration. Had never heard a more comprehensive account of the Falklands air war. Five stars.

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Can be hard to follow at times

Jumps from one character to another without context and can be hard to follow at times

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It will make the palms of your hands sweat!

It is rare that a book will keep you on the edge of your seat, but this is one of them! Well written, with great detail, and perfectly balanced between being in the cockpit with the Harrier pilots and the overall story of the Falklands War. I would encourage anyone who likes this book to also get the companion book Vulcan 607

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Informative and a good listen

Only other book I read about the Falklands war was about the Vulcan bomber involvement. this description of the tactical use of the Harriet's and the combat they flew was an interesting perspective. seeing how the Harriet's fit into the bigger picture of the British taskforce defense was an important and valuable point of emphasis in the narative.

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Great book!

I have read a couple books about Falklands, and the, I found this one just awesome, with a lot of details I didn't know previously included, in a very enjoyable way. Surely, some people of certain South American country would feel apprehensive of hearing it, but trust me, you will very proud about the stories of heroism of their pilots.

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Superb! Reads like a novel

Great account of Sqn 809 and of the efforts to gain air superiority on both sides.

If you’re not familiar with the Falkland campaign a companion book might help, as this is strictly focused on the air war and the Harriers and pilots of 809.

If you love aviation history you can’t miss this one.

Great story, great narration, I finished it in a week listening to it every chance I got.

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