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The Vulcan, the second of the three V bombers built to guard the UK during the Cold War, has become an aviation icon like the Spitfire, its delta shape instantly recognizable, as is the howling noise it makes when the engines are opened for takeoff. Vulcan Boys is the first Vulcan book recounted completely firsthand by the operators themselves. It tells the story of the aircraft from its design conception through the Cold War, when it played out its most important job as Britain's nuclear deterrent - before unbelievably, at the end of its service life, also playing a significant role, with its bombs and missiles, in liberating the Falkland Islands, for which it gained much celebrity. The individual accounts detail how hours at a time were spent on readiness, waiting to be scrambled to defend their country in the event of a third world war. In addition they detail how their aggressive skills were honed by carrying out Lone Ranger sorties flying to the States and westward around the world and taking part in Giant Voice and Red Flag, competitive exercises against the United States Strategic Air Command. The attacks in the Falklands using Shrike missiles are described accurately and in great detail for the first time, including the landing at Rio de Janeiro alongside a vivid account of Black Buck 2. Vulcan Boys is a fascinating and completely authentic listen, reminding us of the Cold War, how it was fought, and the considerable effort required to prevent all-out nuclear war.

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a compelling work but slow to start

This is a great book about a very interesting aircraft and amazing people who flew it. Because it is first-person accounts, there are a few not as gifted storytellers. a few of the first stories particularly were dull but the vast majority of the book was very well-told and fascinating.

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Loved It

A great audiobook sharing first hand stories from the operators who flew the Vulcan. Loved every minute of it

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  • Andy the hypnotist
  • 02-21-18

technical and rather dull

if you're looking for a riveting "boys own" type story this isn't it
if you're looking for seemingly endless acronyms, individual aircraft registration numbers and an in depth description of the difference in electrical generation systems of mk1 and mk2 vulcan..

rather disappointed by buying this

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  • steve
  • 08-13-16

Excellent listening

this book is a brilliant account of the vulcan from test flight the its disbandment.. well read out

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  • il verme di libro
  • 03-02-16

Sonoian558

This really is an excellent account of Vulcan operations in its military and civil roles. A fitting tribute to the design team; and those men in the Royal Air Force who flew the aircraft, and maintained it. My late father was an engineer with the Vulcan and served at Scampton, Waddington, and Akrotiri with them. He also served with Valiants and Victors in both their bomber and tanker roles. Undoubtedly the Vulcan was always his favourite. This book is a truly good historical record for generations to come. Well done.

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  • Andrew
  • 04-25-16

Dreadful narration

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I only managed to listen for about three hours until I could no longer listen to the narration of this audiobook. I was just about coping with the strange staccato style, but could no longer concentrate on what was being said when the narrator broke into a comedy Australian accent when narrating a section written by an antipodean. Probably an interesting book, but the narration is too distracting.

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  • Fred
  • 11-02-17

Essential listening for all Vulcaneers.

This is an excellent account of the Vulcan's history and with great first hand accounts of flying.

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  • Mr
  • 06-15-17

Struggled to get into this

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was okay, but ended up not finishing it.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Hearing about how these 'boys' dedicated their lives to us.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Personal accounts

Do you think Vulcan Boys needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No - doesn't work on audio book.

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Maybe not my thing - but listening as I drive, this didn't work for me. I would consider buying the paper book though.

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  • JOHN
  • 06-07-17

Vulcanites must read!

Excellent story. Some repetition from different people but this does not detract from the overall impression. I now know an AEO from a WO! The diversion to Rio was quite exciting, the hatch being opened at 43k feet, scary stuff. Very recommended for pilots, engineers and other egg heads.

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  • Thermonuclear
  • 05-23-17

Superb

This is brilliant from start to finish. I was sceptical as I prefer purely technical accounts, but I was riveted by this book. I will give nothing away other than to say if you love the Vulcan, buy this book!

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  • Shakin' Stevens
  • 02-07-17

Detail!

I thought I knew a bit about the Vulcan, turns out I'd barely scratched the surface. this book has stories and information from all aspects of the development, testing, service of the bomber. It includes details that on the surface appear to be less glamorous than nuclear bombing and Port Stanley etc, but it turns out these were some of the most enjoyable sections, full of detail about parts of the cold war, nato and close work with other airforces. I really enjoyed it, it's great to hear accounts from navigators, ground crew, testers etc. I love the vulcan even more now, what a machine!

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  • D.
  • 09-26-16

Avro's big delta

A full account of the operational life of Avro's last bomber. The story provides a great illustration of the "can do" spirit which persisted in the RAF during its operational life and let's hope it still does today.
I particularly enjoyed the accounts of the Black Buck operations and the early days of the test flying.
What I didn't enjoy or feel was necessary was the narrators efforts of putting on various accents. Apart from this small annoyance it was an interesting at times exciting and very informative listen.