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Contact! (signed)

A Victor Captain's Experiences in the RAF, before, during and after the Falklands Conflict

Bob Tuxford

£20.00

This book is signed by the author, Bob Tuxford. 

Contact! is an enthralling set of recollections from ex-RAF pilot, instructor and test pilot Bob Tuxford. The book follows his twenty-year career within the RAF and describes highlights of active service across the world, including an accompanied exchange tour in the US Air Force and participation in the Falklands war.

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Format: Hardback
Extent: 198 pages
Dimensions: 234 x 156mm
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Publication Date: 31 May 2016

Contact! is an enthralling set of recollections from ex-RAF pilot, instructor and test pilot Bob Tuxford. The book follows his twenty-year career within the RAF and describes highlights of active service across the world, including an accompanied exchange tour in the US Air Force and participation in the Falklands war.

The title, a nod to the crucial response during air-to-air refuelling, underlines the important role that Bob carried out during his career as a captain of Victor K1s 214 Squadron in the 1970s, and K2s on 57 and 55 Squadrons in the early 1980s. This experience led to him playing a vital role in the first Black Buck mission during the Falklands campaign – by being the last Victor tanker to refuel the Vulcan piloted by Martin Withers before bombing commenced on that fateful night in 1982. For this, he was awarded the Air Force Cross for gallantry. In the latter years of his career, Bob made the transition to test piloting and became the senior test pilot on the heavy aircraft test squadron at the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment, Boscombe Down.

This book is not just for aviation enthusiasts, but for those wanting a greater insight into the importance of the work carried out by tanker squadrons within the RAF during the Cold War.

Bob Tuxford

Squadron Leader Robert Tuxford, AFC RAF Retd, graduated from the RAF College Cranwell in 1970. His first operational tour was on 214 Squadron on the Victor K1 3-point tanker in the air-to-air refuelling role. Selected for a coveted American exchange po …

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    ‘Although not specifically of the ‘boys’ genre, Grub Street’s latest title is sure to appeal to many ardent followers of their jet-jockeys series of books and they will surely want this one on their book shelves! […] Tuxford tells his engaging story in a pacey and often humorous vein – a style so often typified by RAF aircrew – and frequently in an almost self-depreciating way.

    This is a book that can be described as a real page-turner and fills a notable gap in aviation history books. Nicely produced, and with a wealth of black and white and colour images, this is a book that will certainly appeal to those who follow the story of the RAF in its post-war era. Both the author and the publisher are to be congratulated indeed for what is truly an extremely fine piece of work.’ – Andy Saunders, Britain at War: June 2016

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