British success in the Falklands War relied heavily on the vital contribution of the Victor. Glenn Sands detailed the aircraft type’s involvement in the conflict in the July 2012 issue of FlyPast
Sitting in the South Atlantic almost midway between the coasts of Brazil and West Africa is Ascension Island. In 1982 this volcanic outcrop became crucial to British forces, as nestled on the island was Wideawake airfield – the nearest runway to the Falkland Islands.
Even so, it was 3,900 miles (6,276km) away and represented a logistical nightmare for the RAF and its part in Operation Corporate, the British codename for recapturing the Falklands. Wideawake, and virtually all the sorties that would be staged from it, would require massive strategic tanker support.