CRAP, the runway was always too short for any of the Argie jets. In fact the Vulcan only got one bomb on the runway the rest missed. This was actually an accepted tactic - to drop them at an angle because if you tried to get them all on you had to be incredibly accurate or they all missed. They filled in the crater within hours and the runway was in action throughout the war and that is after repeated raids by our Harriers as well. If anyone wants to take me to task over this - I was the first British helicopter pilot to fly down the runway on the day of the surrender and it was all in one piece. The photo below was taken on that sortie and you can just about see it in the distance - intact. If the jets story was true - er, where are they then?? Lots of helicopters and Pucaras but not even an A4 in sight. I feel strongly about this because we were so disappointed when we saw how intact everything was - we believed the propaganda too. I actually saw some aerial photos in Hermes a few weeks before showing loads of craters, Harrier made ones that is. What the Argies had were large chalk circles and they shovelled earth in them by day and cleared them by night. Fooled us all.
Don't get me wrong the RAF guys did an outstanding job and it scared the Bejesus out of the Argies. But why the repeated claim that it achieved anything more? What is interesting is that there were actually several more Vulcan raids using an American 'Shrike' anti radiation missiles to try and take out Argie radars. I don't know how much success these had, we were going to get airborne one night to try and see if some of them had dropped off line using out Orange Crop but is was too foggy. I can only assume that as they are never mentioned that they can't make up some feasible story as to why they were worthwhile.
The standing joke at the time was 'What's the difference between Mr Spock (Star Trek) and Port Stanley runway. Answer: only one's been f****ed by a Vulcan.'
Right rant over. I've got a bit ahead of myself but more to come about Exocet and some very hair raising flying and that's before we even sail south.