Falklands War 'Harrier 809' book: Author insights

The author of the acclaimed book Vulcan 607, Rowland White, has a new release looking at the involvement of the Sea Harrier-equipped 809 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) in the Falklands conflict. Here he shares with Aviation News what he discovered and found fascinating while researching and writing the book.

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Author Rowland White leaning against the tail of a Sea Harrier.

 What was your motivation for writing this book?

Ever since I was a young boy, I’ve had a deep affection for the Harrier as an iconic British aircraft – who doesn’t? It’s one of the all-time greats, up there with the Spitfire, Mosquito, Lancaster and Concorde in any list of favourites. While it had always been a star performer with the crowds, it was the Falklands that proved it was much, much more than a charismatic airshow novelty.

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A show of strength. Prior to heading south 809 NAS flew a photo sortie over southern England to highlight to the Argentines what was coming their way.
Phil Boyden

Why did you choose to focus on 809 NAS? Was it partially because of your previous book, Phoenix Squadron? If so, why?

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