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Again they ran into low cloud, with frequent driving snow squalls and sudden and violent changes in wind speed and direction. In spite of this the helicopters were able to continue to their objective, land the troops, and return to the ships. For the helicopter crews it seemed that their problems had ended, but for the SAS men on the ground they had just begun. h. - at times. Under such conditions it proved impossible to pitch the tents: one was torn from the men's hands and vanished downwind. By morning the SAS men were suffering badly from exposure and their condition was deteriorating; they radioed back that their position was untenable and asked to return to the ships.

45 the initial blow in this The flight time from Ascension to Port Stanley by Vulcan was over eight hours, so any attack early on the morning of 1 May had to be launched the previous evening. By the shortest possible route the distance each way was 3,886 miles, roughly equivalent to that from London to Karachi; it was to be the longest-range attack ever mounted in the history of aerial warfare. As the Royal Air Force planners had soon discovered, to get a Vulcan loaded with twenty-one 1,000-pound bombs from Ascension to Port Stanley would involve more than twice as much effort as was needed to get John Elliott's Victor to South Georgia for its reconnaissance mission.

Western end of the runway by some 200 feet; work also began to install a chain arrester gear, which would enable hook-equipped aircraft such as the Skyhawk and Super Etendard to pull up within the length of the runway even on wet days. On 25 April the first of five Macchi 339 light jet attack aircraft of the 1st Naval Attack Escuadrilla arrived to operate from Port Stanley. Since Port Stanley town and airfield represented by far the most important single position to both sides, around it were concentrated the bulk of the ground anti-aircraft defence weapons sent to the Islands.

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