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* NotWhereTheyThought: This book is set in an RAF squadron responsible for delivering Britain's nuclear deterrent. The Vulcan nuclear bomber crews receive the best possible training, which includes long periods spent in a flight simulator where crews are trained to deal with every possible thing that can go wrong on a flight. The squadron's Intelligence Officer is taken on a simulated mission, lasting hours, which reproduces a bombing run over Russia where every possible hazard is thrown at them. The simulation is so real that the IO has a complete breakdown and his nerve fails - despite never leaving the airbase.


* BadassGrandpa: Flying combat aircraft is a young man's game, right? Anyone over twenty-five is seen as too old to do it? Not in 409 squadron. As experience and maturity are seen as desirable qualities in men whose sole function is to nuke Russia, the average age of 409's Vulcan aircrews is over forty. Grandfathers by RAF standards.


This is a sequel to his novel of Bomber Command of the Royal Air Force in [=WW2=], ''Damned Good Show''.

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This is a sequel to his novel of Bomber Command of the Royal Air Force in [=WW2=], ''Damned Good Show''. It focuses on the pilots of Britain's nuclear deterrent strike jets during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar.


This is a sequel to his novel of Bomber Command of the Royal Air Force in [=WW2=], ''Damned Good Show''. In the fateful year of 1962, Flight Lieutenant Silk, a twice-decorated Lancaster pilot in WW II, rejoins the R.A.F. and qualifies to fly the Vulcan bomber. Piloting a Vulcan is an unforgettable experience: no other aircraft comes close to matching its all-round performance. And as bombers go, it's drop-dead gorgeous. But there's a catch. The Vulcan has only one role: to make a second strike. To act in retaliation for a Russian nuclear attack. Silk knows that if he ever flies his Vulcan in anger, he'll be flying from a smoking wasteland, a Britain obliterated. But in the mad world of Mutually Assured Destruction, the Vulcan is the last - the only - deterrent. Derek Robinson returns with another rip-roaring, gung-ho R.A.F. adventure, one that exposes and confronts the brinkmanship and sabre-rattling of the Cold War Era.

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This is a sequel to his novel of Bomber Command of the Royal Air Force in [=WW2=], ''Damned Good Show''. In the fateful year of 1962, Flight Lieutenant Silk, a twice-decorated Lancaster pilot in WW II, rejoins the R.A.F. and qualifies to fly the Vulcan bomber. Piloting a Vulcan is an unforgettable experience: no other aircraft comes close to matching its all-round performance. And as bombers go, it's drop-dead gorgeous. But there's a catch. The Vulcan has only one role: to make a second strike. To act in retaliation for a Russian nuclear attack. Silk knows that if he ever flies his Vulcan in anger, he'll be flying from a smoking wasteland, a Britain obliterated. But in the mad world of Mutually Assured Destruction, the Vulcan is the last - the only - deterrent. Derek Robinson returns with another rip-roaring, gung-ho R.A.F. adventure, one that exposes and confronts the brinkmanship and sabre-rattling of the Cold War Era.
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* OneWayTrip: read the title. The Vulcans only have four minutes to get into the air and open the throttle for a very good reason.


This is a sequel to his novel of Bomber Command of the Royal Air Force in WW2, ''Damned Good Show''. In the fateful year of 1962, Flight Lieutenant Silk, a twice-decorated Lancaster pilot in WW II, rejoins the R.A.F. and qualifies to fly the Vulcan bomber. Piloting a Vulcan is an unforgettable experience: no other aircraft comes close to matching its all-round performance. And as bombers go, it's drop-dead gorgeous. But there's a catch. The Vulcan has only one role: to make a second strike. To act in retaliation for a Russian nuclear attack. Silk knows that if he ever flies his Vulcan in anger, he'll be flying from a smoking wasteland, a Britain obliterated. But in the mad world of Mutually Assured Destruction, the Vulcan is the last - the only - deterrent. Derek Robinson returns with another rip-roaring, gung-ho R.A.F. adventure, one that exposes and confronts the brinkmanship and sabre-rattling of the Cold War Era.

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This is a sequel to his novel of Bomber Command of the Royal Air Force in WW2, [=WW2=], ''Damned Good Show''. In the fateful year of 1962, Flight Lieutenant Silk, a twice-decorated Lancaster pilot in WW II, rejoins the R.A.F. and qualifies to fly the Vulcan bomber. Piloting a Vulcan is an unforgettable experience: no other aircraft comes close to matching its all-round performance. And as bombers go, it's drop-dead gorgeous. But there's a catch. The Vulcan has only one role: to make a second strike. To act in retaliation for a Russian nuclear attack. Silk knows that if he ever flies his Vulcan in anger, he'll be flying from a smoking wasteland, a Britain obliterated. But in the mad world of Mutually Assured Destruction, the Vulcan is the last - the only - deterrent. Derek Robinson returns with another rip-roaring, gung-ho R.A.F. adventure, one that exposes and confronts the brinkmanship and sabre-rattling of the Cold War Era.



* AlreadyMetEveryone: Most of the characters here were first encountered in Robinson's previous book on 409 Squadron in WW2, ''Damned Good Show''.

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* AlreadyMetEveryone: Most of the characters here were first encountered in Robinson's previous book on 409 Squadron in WW2, [=WW2=], ''Damned Good Show''.



* HufflepuffHouse: Great Britain in the post-Suez era: not an equal partner to the United States' Grifindor, but also opposed to the Slytherin of the Soviet Union. this novel is a postscript to the WW2 novels, acknowledging Britain's fall from superpower status.

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* HufflepuffHouse: Great Britain in the post-Suez era: not an equal partner to the United States' Grifindor, but also opposed to the Slytherin of the Soviet Union. this novel is a postscript to the WW2 [=WW2=] novels, acknowledging Britain's fall from superpower status.


* ApocalypseHow: the nuclear option and the people and aircraft who would have delivered it.

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* ApocalypseHow: the The nuclear option and the people and aircraft who would have delivered it.



* BattleButler: Stevens, the butler to Mrs Silk MP, is more than he seems and is following a different agenda. [[spoiler: He ''really'' works for British Intelligence, and has the dual role of bodyguarding Mr and Mrs Silk against blackmail attempts and of reporting back on their activities and compromising weaknesses]]

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* BattleButler: Stevens, the butler to Mrs Silk MP, is more than he seems and is following a different agenda. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He ''really'' works for British Intelligence, and has the dual role of bodyguarding Mr and Mrs Silk against blackmail attempts and of reporting back on their activities and compromising weaknesses]]



* DeathByFallingOver: the fate of the bookie. The punch didn't kill him. Being knocked unconscious into a patch of stinging nettles did. The post-mortem discovered a case of ''urticaria'' - extreme allergic reaction to nettle stings.

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* DeathByFallingOver: the The fate of the bookie. The punch didn't kill him. Being knocked unconscious into a patch of stinging nettles did. The post-mortem discovered a case of ''urticaria'' - extreme allergic reaction to nettle stings.



* GreyAndGrayMorality: the pilots of 409 Squadron try not to deal with the deeper implications of defending freedom by nuking Russia, or of liberating Eastern European nations from Russia by vaporising their cities.

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* GreyAndGrayMorality: the The pilots of 409 Squadron try not to deal with the deeper implications of defending freedom by nuking Russia, or of liberating Eastern European nations from Russia by vaporising their cities.



* KillEmAll: the usual resolution of the moral quandary - just get out there, "kick the wheels, and start the fires."

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* KillEmAll: the The usual resolution of the moral quandary - just get out there, "kick the wheels, and start the fires."



* WorldWarIII: how it might have looked. A detailed scene takes place in a flight simulator in which everything that could go wrong on a mission goes wrong up to and including premature explosion of the nuke and narrowly evading becoming collateral damage to nuclear explosions going on around them. There is a reason why Vulcan aircrew were issued eyepatches and [[NightmareFuel this]] is graphically explained.

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* WorldWarIII: how How it might have looked. A detailed scene takes place in a flight simulator in which everything that could go wrong on a mission goes wrong up to and including premature explosion of the nuke and narrowly evading becoming collateral damage to nuclear explosions going on around them. There is a reason why Vulcan aircrew were issued eyepatches and [[NightmareFuel this]] is graphically explained.

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* UnwinnableTrainingSimulation: A long and horrible sequence takes place in an RAF flight simulator where crews of the Vulcan jet bombers, tasked with delivering Britain's nuclear deterrent to the Soviet Union, get everything that could go wrong on a mission thrown at them. And that's ''everything''. The bomb arms itself prematurely, or jams in the bomb-bay with the clock ticking down to detonation, they are under attack by Russian countermeasures, they fly too close to nuclear explosions brought about by other missiles or planes, the aircraft itself develops escalating mechanical problems... the test is unwinnable. It is designed to test the aircrews to the limit and weed out those who might panic or freze or simply refuse to go through with it.


** During the extended prologue, the character of Air Commodore "Baggy" Bletchley is revisted. It is revealed he went [[UnusualEuphemism sand-happy]] in North Africa and in a manner worthy of Creator/GrahamChapman's [[TheBrigadier Brigadier]] in MontyPythonsFlyingCircus, he apparently took to wearing womens' clothing and calling himself "Florence of Arabia". Chapman's Brigadier was a severely pompous senior British officer from the waist up, who wore women's clothing from the waist down.

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** During the extended prologue, the character of Air Commodore "Baggy" Bletchley is revisted. It is revealed he went [[UnusualEuphemism sand-happy]] in North Africa and in a manner worthy of Creator/GrahamChapman's [[TheBrigadier Brigadier]] in MontyPythonsFlyingCircus, ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', he apparently took to wearing womens' clothing and calling himself "Florence of Arabia". Chapman's Brigadier was a severely pompous senior British officer from the waist up, who wore women's clothing from the waist down.

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* DeathByFallingOver: the fate of the bookie. The punch didn't kill him. Being knocked unconscious into a patch of stinging nettles did. The post-mortem discovered a case of ''urticaria'' - extreme allergic reaction to nettle stings.


This is a sequel to his novel of Bomber Command of the Royal Air Force in WW2, ''Damned Good Show''. In the fateful year of 1962, Flight Lieutenant Silk, a twice-decorated Lancaster pilot in WW II, rejoins the R.A.F. and qualifies to fly the Vulcan bomber. Piloting a Vulcan is an unforgettable experience: no other aircraft comes close to matching its all-round performance. And as bombers go, it's drop-dead gorgeous. But there's a catch. The Vulcan has only one role: to make a second strike. To act in retaliation for a Russian nuclear attack. Silk knows that knows that if he ever flies his Vulcan in anger, he'll be flying from a smoking wasteland, a Britain obliterated. But in the mad world of Mutually Assured Destruction, the Vulcan is the last - the only - deterrent. Derek Robinson returns with another rip-roaring, gung-ho R.A.F. adventure, one that exposes and confronts the brinkmanship and sabre-rattling of the Cold War Era.

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This is a sequel to his novel of Bomber Command of the Royal Air Force in WW2, ''Damned Good Show''. In the fateful year of 1962, Flight Lieutenant Silk, a twice-decorated Lancaster pilot in WW II, rejoins the R.A.F. and qualifies to fly the Vulcan bomber. Piloting a Vulcan is an unforgettable experience: no other aircraft comes close to matching its all-round performance. And as bombers go, it's drop-dead gorgeous. But there's a catch. The Vulcan has only one role: to make a second strike. To act in retaliation for a Russian nuclear attack. Silk knows that Silk knows that if he ever flies his Vulcan in anger, he'll be flying from a smoking wasteland, a Britain obliterated. But in the mad world of Mutually Assured Destruction, the Vulcan is the last - the only - deterrent. Derek Robinson returns with another rip-roaring, gung-ho R.A.F. adventure, one that exposes and confronts the brinkmanship and sabre-rattling of the Cold War Era.

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* HufflepuffHouse: Great Britain in the post-Suez era: not an equal partner to the United States' Grifindor, but also opposed to the Slytherin of the Soviet Union. this novel is a postscript to the WW2 novels, acknowledging Britain's fall from superpower status.

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* KillTheCreditor: While not initially intended, this is the eventual solution to the problem of the bookie threatening blackmail over a pilot's gambling debts. While pilots are expelled from the squadron or kicked out of the Service for other moral failings, manslaughter seems not to be actionable; apart from a brief police interview no further action is taken.


** During the extended prologue, the character of Air Commodore "Baggy" Bletchley is revisted. It is revealed he went [[UnusualEuphemism sand-happy]] in North Africa and in a manner worthy of Graham Chapman's [[TheBrigadier Brigadier]] in MontyPythonsFlyingCircus, he apparently took to wearing womens' clothing and calling himself "Florence of Arabia". Chapman's Brigadier was a severely pompous senior British officer from the waist up, who wore women's clothing from the waist down.

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** During the extended prologue, the character of Air Commodore "Baggy" Bletchley is revisted. It is revealed he went [[UnusualEuphemism sand-happy]] in North Africa and in a manner worthy of Graham Chapman's Creator/GrahamChapman's [[TheBrigadier Brigadier]] in MontyPythonsFlyingCircus, he apparently took to wearing womens' clothing and calling himself "Florence of Arabia". Chapman's Brigadier was a severely pompous senior British officer from the waist up, who wore women's clothing from the waist down.


** During the extended prologue, the character of Air Commodore "Baggy" Bletchley is revisted. It is revealed he went [[UnusualEuphemism sand-happy]] in North Africa and in a manner worthy of Graham Chapman's [[TheBrigadier Brigadier]]'' in MontyPythonsFlyingCircus, he apparently took to wearing womens' clothing and calling himself "Florence of Arabia". Chapman's Brigadier was a severely pompous senior British officer from the waist up, who wore women's clothing from the waist down.

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** During the extended prologue, the character of Air Commodore "Baggy" Bletchley is revisted. It is revealed he went [[UnusualEuphemism sand-happy]] in North Africa and in a manner worthy of Graham Chapman's [[TheBrigadier Brigadier]]'' Brigadier]] in MontyPythonsFlyingCircus, he apparently took to wearing womens' clothing and calling himself "Florence of Arabia". Chapman's Brigadier was a severely pompous senior British officer from the waist up, who wore women's clothing from the waist down.

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