Target Port Stanley

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FWIW: the Argentine (government) is obsessed. I find myself presently in a target rich environment for Argentine-baiting, Sport of Britons. They have random official government billboards up everywhere across the country with a blue background and the islands' landmass in white with the tagline below simply stating "Islas Malvinas". Despite the wanton graffiti which adorns walls everywhere I've yet to see a 'popular' comment amongst it all.
 
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I'm no expert on this (clearly) however seeing the damage caused by the bombs,they were spread across the runway on a diagonal line.Would it not be better to go along the length of the runway to create more damage?
 
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If you did and were off only slightly you'd miss with all the bombs. If you go across at an acute angle there's probably a higher chance that at least one or some will actually hit.
 

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Just as well they didn't quickly fill them in so that they could continue flying.
 
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I thought it was an enjoyable and very informative documentary. Hats off to all involved.
Looking at the associated thread on PPRuNe, it is almost like stepping back in time on ARRSE. Grown up discussion, occasionally adversarial, but with none of the crayoning - and we take the piss out of the RAF?! :)
 
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Hmmm..... All that effort for one bomb crater on the runway and that was repaired within 24 hours.

Methinks the whole thing was no more than gesturing by the Junior Service who wanted an 'in' on the act.

A staggering misuse of the tanker fleet; frankly, a ****ing waste of time and money.

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I'm no expert on this (clearly) however seeing the damage caused by the bombs,they were spread across the runway on a diagonal line.Would it not be better to go along the length of the runway to create more damage?
If you look, they released the bombs a little to late. 1 second later and they would have missed completely (according to the documentry, not me). By going diagonally they drastically increased the odds of getting at least one hit.

These days they would not need to use a bomber, a single Cruise missile could be landed bang smack in the middle of the runway if required....or so I am told by a man down the pub who knows more about that sort of thing than I do.
 
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More, with some of the back-story, plus a little inter-Service banter, and input from the target end here;

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Its interesting that a bunch of pilots were pretty much saying that it was a waste of time because the RN could have done a better job by shelling the runway every night. They seem to have missed the point that the RN were still 19 days away.

If I were a conscript, a month out of training, sitting in a fox hole looking up at the stars, having been told that the British could not touch me because they were at least 8000 miles away, and a **** off 1000lb bomb lands, I think my willingness to fight would be somewhat shot! As would my underpants!
 

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All that effort to do what one cruise missile could do today.

Soz 2/51, just noticed our post.
And delivered by the boys/girls in dark blue.
 
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U lot lost the plot or wot?
13,000 miles and drop 1 bomb on the runway and that's a result?
600 Paras (give or take a few), take on 3,000 arges and kick the shit out of them. Thus conscript sitting in foxhole on mountain top in 'Les Malvinas' thinks RAF who them? Whilst at the same time praying to whoever, that the Paras don't come and call.
 
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Because the paras were the only British troops on the island and single handedly retook the Falklands?
 
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Its interesting that a bunch of pilots were pretty much saying that it was a waste of time because the RN could have done a better job by shelling the runway every night. They seem to have missed the point that the RN were still 19 days away.

If I were a conscript, a month out of training, sitting in a fox hole looking up at the stars, having been told that the British could not touch me because they were at least 8000 miles away, and a **** off 1000lb bomb lands, I think my willingness to fight would be somewhat shot! As would my underpants!
I think that was the point, we can get down there and hit you right now.

Anyway for those of us in the UK you can watch it in marginally better quality on 4OD

Falklands' Most Daring Raid - Channel 4
 

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