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ARA Vienticinco de Mayo vs. Task Force 317

The Argentine fleet did not play a major role in the Falklands War in 1982, despite initial bold intentions. Right at the beginning of the conflict, it was planned to attack aircraft from the aircraft carrier ARA Vienticinco de Mayo on Task Force 317, which was to eliminate its British counterparts, and thus air cover. It almost came to the first battle of aircraft carriers since the end of World War II, but everything was ultimately decided by British nuclear submarines.

Sea Harrier FRS.1 versus Mirage IIIEA (1)

In this duel, a two-bomber fighter plane fought a subsonic enemy, whose design was based on an aircraft designed for direct air support of ground troops. The result was supposed to be seemingly clear. This was, however, quite different from what anyone would estimate by comparing the tables of their technical data.

Sea Harrier FRS.1 versus Mirage IIIEA (2)

The whole war for the hitherto virtually unknown Falkland Islands, which belonged to the British Crown, began with their occupation by the Argentine army on April 2, 1982. The Argentines, let alone anyone else, could hardly assume that the few virtually uninhabited islands would be war expedition to the other end of the world.

Sea Harrier FRS.1 versus Mirage IIIEA (3)

It was late evening, the first of May, but the evening of May 1982 in the South Atlantic was anything but love time as once tried to recite a classic to his readers. The planes of two enemy states had been flying in the sky since morning, and Death was slowly grinding its tools. Today comes to work … but we are ahead of it.

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