Trying to find out more about how Argentine airstrikes were planned and carried out. I found a great resource online which showed the flight plans of the May 25th strikes (map including refueling spots and call signs), but I can't find it now! So if anyone can help.

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HI, John!

I finally solved my problems with my Consimworld account, so I joined the group. I`m pastin g here the answer I sent you a couple days ago for the other members to see:

To answer your question, Argentine AF (FAA or Fuerza Aerea Argentina in
Spanish) units were mobilized by Fragmentary Orders (Orden Fragmentaria)
issued by the AF. These indicated the nature of the possible targets and
their position. This was based on intelligence received. Argentine ISTAR
sources were quite limited, but still proved useful. They had no access to
satelite imagery and their SIGINT capabilities were limited, but by
intelligent use of available assets they have an acceptable idea of the
British forces, although several missions were expended chasing ghosts.

Once the order was received, planes were readied and loaded with ordnance.
The AF had limited experience engaging naval targets and their weaponry was
adequate. They had retarded bombs (Spanish BRP series with parachute
retarsing), but fuzing wasn`t adequate and due to the launching speeds
safety interlocks keep the parachute from relasing as it would fail. Later,
better fuzes were obtained but it was already too late.

Missions were flown in fours, with Hi-Lo-Hi pattern. Soon after take off
planes will be check (engine RPM, fuel transfer, nav equipment, radios) and
if everything was correct they would proceed at high altitude to save fuel
and radio silence. At a defined point tey would descent as low as possible
and head towards the target, all in radio silence. The two radar stations
placed in the islands would try to help incoming flights, but as both the
Argentine and British planes flew low, they had limited coverage of the air
battle. Communications were also very poor and situational awareness low.
Most (if not all of the fighter/bombers engaged) Argentine planes had no
RWR, so they weren`t unable to know if they were being tracked or in range
of British air search or fire control radars. Targets were adquired
visually, so given the height and speed visual horizon was short and the
time to align ofr the final run was very short, that`s why several planes
bunched to engage the same target when they were others close by but
probably far enough to be out of sight or in postions difficult to maneouvre
into. Weather was usually quite bad and after flying low for a given time
windshields started to collect salt crush wich sometimes made visually
detecting targets (or even the surrounding landscape) difficult. Once
ordnance was released, the planes would scape at low altitude and high speed
before reforming and climbing back towards the continent at high altitude.
Fuel was limited, so they couldn`t do much time over the target area. Some
flights have to turn around without engaging, reaching bingo fuel before
having seem anything. There was a shortage of drop tanks, so these would be
kept if possible.

After landing the planes would be dispersed and serviced, while aircrews
were debriefed about what they saw, what they attacked, results.....
Serviceability rates were very good given the conditions, with lack of
spares and spartan conditions for both men and machines. Moral seems to have
been quite high even with the high casualty rates.

There were also a few Vulcan attack warnings which forced everybody to take
cover and disrupted operations. In one case, all the available planes were
launched towards their bases in the North after a Vulcan alert to "save"
them from destruction! Note that radar coverage over Argentina was (and
still is) very limited, they don`t have the kind of radar coverage we are
used to in European of North American skies, even for civilian use.

Hope this is enough to answers the last question posted!

Yes, this is very interesting and helpful.
you`re welcomed!


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