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Sea Harrier FRS 1 vs Mirage III/Dagger

South Atlantic 1982 · Duel

by Douglas C. Dildy Author · Pablo Calcaterra Author


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Following Argentina's military operation to take possession of the Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's government launched a major naval operation to return them to British rule. Defending the Royal Navy task force were two small squadrons totalling 20 Sea Harriers (SHARs). Initial clashes between SHARs and Argentine Mirages and Daggers on 1 May 1982 failed to eliminate the Sea Harrier defenders. FAA fighter-bomber pilots relied on daring and courageous ultra-low level attacks, frequently escaping the Sea Harrier's limited capabilities, against Royal Navy warships and auxiliaries, causing considerable damage during Operation Corporate, the large-scale amphibious operation to repossess the islands.
Publishing 35 years after the end of the conflict, this fully illustrated volume offers a balanced and objective examination of the SHAR and the Argentine Mirage and Dagger aircraft, highlighting the attributes of both and the skills and courage of the pilots flying them.

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Bloomsbury Publishing
Osprey Publishing
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Pablo Calcaterra (Author)

Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives in New Hampshire. He attended Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, from 1974–78, and since graduating with Honours, he has been working professionally in the field of Fine Art and Illustratio...

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Douglas C. Dildy (Author)

Doug Dildy is a retired US Air Force colonel who spent nine of his 26-year career in Western Europe and retired with approximately 3,200 hours of fast jet time, almost half of that as an F-15 Eagle pilot. As commander of the 32d Fighter Squadron, ...

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Illustrator :
Jim Laurier
Illustrator :
Gareth Hector
Author :
Pablo Calcaterra
Author :
Douglas C. Dildy
Sea Harrier FRS 1 vs Mirage III/Dagger
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