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RAF Handley Page Panther B(I).4 - Falklands 1982

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The weather over the Falkland Islands on 3 June 1982 was poor, and the only offensive air action was an air strike by Panther B(I).4 XM267.  Flown by Flt Lt Steve Griggs and his No 14 Sqn crew, 'Black Buck 6' carried four Texas Instruments AGM-45A Shrike anti-radar missiles to use against the radars around Port Stanley that were directing air raids on the Task Force, targeting Exocet attacks, warning Argentine aircraft of Sea Harrier patrols and gun-laying for AAA batteries. Griggs approached the target from the northeast at low altitude, before popping up to 16,000 ft to begin his attack. But experience from previous 'Black Buck' raids had taught the Argentine radar operators what to expect from a bomber behaving in this way. 'As we got to about nine miles from Port Stanley', recalled Griggs, 'the radars started to switch off, and as we went past and out to sea again, they came on. We went round and round repeating that process for about 40 minutes. Then, on the final run before we had to go home, I decided to go into a descent towards Port Stanley airfield to tempt them into switching on the radars to have ago at us'. Griggs eased back the three throttles and XM267 started to descend. 'We got down to about 10,000 ft, heading towards Sapper Hill, and sure enough one of their radars came on. Then the guns started firing at us. I saw flashes in the sky as four shells burst below me and to the right'. Meanwhile, Navigator Flt Lt Alistair Inverarity locked on two Shrikes and launched them one after the other at the radar. As Griggs pulled the Panther up so as to avoid going too low, he saw an explosive flash light up the mist just above the ground. One of the missiles had impacted close to a Skyguard fire control radar, where it caused damage and killed four of the operating crew - an officer, a sergeant and two soldiers.

XM267 flew 'Black Bucks 5' and '6', firing Shrike anti-radar missiles carried on twin adapters against Argentine radar units. XM267 carried and fired two Shrikes during 'Black Buck 5', and carried four for 'Black Buck 6', firing two 'in anger'. The aircraft is seen here as it appeared post-war, with mission markings consisting of Argentine flags and missile silhouettes and a Brazilian flag, and carrying four Shrike missiles on the fuselage pylons. The Brazilian flag marked the aircraft's unscheduled visit to Rio de Janeiro after 'Black Buck 6', when its refueling probe tip broke as it attempted to refuel.

Obviously, this is a "what if" aircraft in the markings of a Black Buck Vulcan from the Falklands.  The text above is likewise modified from the actual incident.  Some of you may recognize the names Steve Griggs and Alistair Inverarity.  They were involved in another live fire incident from 1982.  That incident was not as auspicious as McDougall and Trevaskus', however.
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Like this design and story line.

Happy Holidays, Comrade!
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Thanks, Rekalnus!  I'm glad you liked it!
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Lovely :D
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Thanks!  Be sure to check out some of the other pictures in my gallery if you like aviation!
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Would this Panther variant have the same british style cockpit arrangement like the Canberra?
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comradeloganovHobbyist General Artist
Similar, Wyrmshadow.  It's actually lifted from an English Electric Lightning T.4.  By the way, been a while since I've had a chat with you!  Doing well?  You should pop in over at BtS again.
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Wrote a short DA journal post about things. Long story short, computer problems + over work + money issues = not a fun year to do any sort of hobbies.
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Yeah, I actually read all of it and I understand completely.  I've been there.  Still, drop in at BtS and say "hi".  We'd still enjoy your company.  We've got some fantastic "What If" armor modelers over there now.
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