"The attack of two flights of two Vulcans would be launched
from Ascension Island, the mid-Atlantic British possession,
which was 1,000 miles closer to the Argentine mainland air
bases than the Falklands.
After mid-air refuelling the No 44 Squadron bombers would
drop to 300ft above the surface to begin their final run-in using
just their terrain following radar and flying skills to skim over
the Argentine landmass in complete darkness.
The aircraft would have been equipped for the first time with
Sidewinder air-to-air missiles in case of attack by Argentine
fighters, although the enemy air force rarely flew at night.
As well as a Dash-10 radar jamming pod the first Vulcan would
four AGM-45 Shrikes anti-radar missiles to knock out the
Argentine surface-to-air missile systems.
But it was the second bomber that would carry out a devastating
attack aimed to wipe out the Argentine air force's ability to
Carrying a substantial load of 21 bombs each weighing 1,000lbs,
equivalent to the bomb payload of five Tornados recently used
in Libya, the plane would fly straight down the runway releasing
its ordnance attached to small parachutes. If the attack was
successful the runway would be pockmarked by craters and
burning fighter jets."
Hmm, AIM-9L-equipped Vulcans vs. Argentine Mirages in a
night fignt. I wonder how *that* would've turned out?.