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The Avro Vulcan was a British delta-wing subsonic bomber, operated by the Royal Air Force from 1953 until 1984. The Vulcan was part of the RAF's V bomber force, which fulfilled the role of nuclear deterrence against the Soviet Union during the Cold War. This aircraft only saw action during the Falklands/Malvinas War and years lather was retired from service.

Description

Although the primary weapon for the Vulcan was nuclear, Vulcans could carry up to 21 x 1000 lb (454 kg) bombs in a secondary role. The only combat missions involving the Vulcan took place in the 1982 Falklands War with Argentina, when a number of Vulcans flew the 3,380 nautical miles (6300 km) from Ascension Island to Stanley to bomb the occupied airfield there with conventional bombs in Operation Black Buck. By this date the number of Victors available for air-to-air refueling was extremely limited, so some Vulcan aircraft were adapted in just 50 days to fulfill that role during the conflict. Five Vulcans were chosen for the operation: their bomb bays were modified, the fuel systems replaced and the electronics updated. The first bombing mission was on April 30–May 1 and there were five further bombing missions. At the time these missions held the record for the world's longest distance raids.

After the end of the Falklands War, the Vulcan was due to be withdrawn from RAF service. However, the disbandment of 57 Squadron and delays in the operational availability of the Tristar left a gap in the RAF's air to air refueling capability. As an interim measure six Vulcan B2s were converted into AAR tankers and commissioned into service with 50 Squadron from 1982 to 1984.

Ace Combat 5

The Vulcan is used by the Yuktobanian Air Force (YAF) to destroy the Osean M1A1 Abrams formations in the Jilachi Desert, during the Jilachi Desert Invasion, however, they are shot down by the OADF Wardog Squadron.

Comparable Aircraft

Sources

  • The Ace Combat Series
  • Global Security.org
  • Fighter Planes.com
  • Federation of American Scientists Military Analysis Network
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