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A high-pitched PRF implied a high threat, so depending upon the circumstances, he could direct the pilot to turn away from or towards the threat. One drawback was that the receiver for the 18228 was the square tipped fin that became a characteristic oflatter-day Vulcans. This was the ideal place for it in the low-level environment, but at high-level, the vast area of the Vulcan's wing caused a considerable degree of radar signal blanketing. The jet should have had switchable upper and lower aerials.

This document again raised the possible role of the Vulcans not only in the neutralisation of Stanley airport, but also in attacking mainland bases, assuming that they participated in the conflict and 'political approval is obtained'. They would thereby 'inflict maximum damage and maximum effect on morale ofArgentinian forces'. l UJ c:: UJ l- e>.

The bombing side was no great problem. Ctews flew routes round the Scottish Western Isles to gain experience in long sea legs with little land crossing, and they came down progressively to 300 ft above the darkened waves, relying on TFR. Apart from overcoming the fear factor in operating so close to the ground without visual reference, much of the training was spent calibrating kit and carrying out bombing practice at Garvie Island and] urby Ranges so that N av Radars became familiar with their equipmen t and conven tional arming procedures - 'we didn't want to go all that way and drop safe bombs'.

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