The ten aircraft that helped Britain win the Falklands War

The nature of conflict during the Falklands campaign meant that British aircraft played an essential role – not just as combatants, but equally crucially as tankers and in re-supply and rescue roles, among others. We attempt to pick out ten of Britain’s best – from the fabled Sea Harrier and Vulcan to the less celebrated Westland Lynx and Wasp

*Note that performance and weights varied according to version, role and configuration

A Sea Harrier FRS.1 of 801 Naval Air Squadron
Westland Wasp HAS.1 G-BYCX flying at Cosby in Leicestershire during 2021


Crew: Two, with up to four passengers

Length: 40ft 4in (12.29m)

Main rotor diameter: 32ft 3in (9.83m)

Height: 8ft 11in (2.72m)

Empty weight: 3,452lb (1,566kg)

Loaded weight: 5,500lb (2,495kg)

Powerplant: One Rolls-Royce Nimbus 103 turboshaft engine of 710hp (530 kW)

Maximum speed: 120mph (193km/h)

Range: 303 miles (487km) Service ceiling: 12,200ft (3,700m)

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