Fighters Over the Falklands: Defending the Islanders’ Way of Life captures daily life using pictures taken during the author’s tours of duty in the Falkland Islands. From the first detachments of Phantoms and Rapiers operating from a rapidly upgraded RAF Stanley airfield and RAF Mount Pleasant, see life from the author’s perspective as Commander of the Tornado F3 Flight. Frontline fighter crews provided Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) during day to day flying operations working with the Royal Navy, Army and other air force units to defend a remote and sometimes forgotten theatre of operations. The book also examines how the islanders interacted with the forces based at Mount Pleasant and contrast high technology military operations with the lives of the original inhabitants, namely the wildlife.
Fighters Over the Falklands: Defending the Islanders’ Way of Life is unique in that the author flew in the legendary Phantom and Tornado in the frontline and captured beautiful and amazing unpublished photographs that will appeal to historians, military specialists and modellers alike.
David Gledhill is an aviation enthusiast and aviator. Already holding a private pilot’s license at the age of seventeen, he was commissioned in the RAF in 1974, and after training as an air navigator, converted to the F4 Phantom in the air defense role. After tours in the UK and Germany, he went on to be a radar tactics instructor on the Operational Conversion Unit. After transferring to the new Tornado F2 as one of the first instructors, he eventually became the Executive Officer on the OCU. His flying career finished in the Falkland Islands where he commanded No. 1435 Flight flying the Tornado F3. Gledhill’s first book for Fonthill Media was the critically acclaimed The Phantom in Focus: A Navigator’s Eye on Britain’s Cold War Warrior.