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  • #76
    Also had the Navy pilots and Air Force pilots talked with each other some things might have gone down differently.

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    • #77
      Originally posted by EUFighter View Post
      Also had the Navy pilots and Air Force pilots talked with each other some things might have gone down differently.
      Catastrophic, poisonous inter-service rivalry within the Argentine government was a significant (if by no means the only) driver for the invasion of the FI in the first place - if the various Argentine services had had good working relationships with each other the whole situation might never have arisen.

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      • #78
        A friend of a friend was one of the Harrier pilots down there who shot down a Skyhawk, one of three fleeing a raid. He was chasing the A-4, which was jinking wildly to evade and the Harrier couldn't get a lock with his missiles, so opened fire with his 30mm cannon. Between the A-4s manouvering and the turbulence from flying at low level, his shells were not hitting the A-4. He knew that he was running out of fuel and shells, as he could clearly see the rounds blasting the heather and he was about to give up firing the cannon and pull up for a missile shot when, at the very last second, the A-4 turned and ran right into a short burst of 30mm and immediately caught fire. The Harrier pilot instantly pulled up and broke away and the Skyhawk hit the ground and blew up, with no chance of the Argentinian ejecting. My friend said that the incident stuck with his friend right to this day and that the pilot was always mortified at having killed a man,even though it was a very intense war and he had fired at other aircraft and ground targets.

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        • #79
          Falkland Islands are now officially free of landmines -

          https://www.gov.uk/government/news/f...uk-funded-team
          'History is a vast early warning system'. Norman Cousins

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          • #80
            Quite an achievement, given the terrain, and conditions, and the haphazard manner in which they were laid by Argentina.

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            • #81
              A lot of the mines had shifted from the action of the movement of sand and soil and were no longer confined to the boundaries of the declared minefields. They were also a nasty Italian mine which is designed to be difficult to defuse and resistant to explosive or vehicular demining.

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