At its 30th anniversary, the Falklands War (Malvinas for the Argentine people) offers several interesting “case studies”: long range strikes, daring combat missions and insane low altitude attack runs.
For sure, low level attacks conducted by the Argentine A-4s trying to escape the Sea Harrier’s Combat Air Patrols remain one of the distinguishing features of the war in southern Atlantic Ocean.
In this video, you can see some of the repeated air attacks by low-flying Argentine jets during the amphibious landing on beaches around San Carlos.
In the age of stand-off missiles, PGMs and stealth fighters, such scenes are a bit anachronistic. But interesting.
- Odyssey of an A-4 Skyhawk Pilot during the Falklands War: Captain Alberto Jorge Philippi’s story (theaviationist.com)
- This impressive image was taken 30 years ago today: Argentine A-4B Skyhawks low level attack on HMS Broadsword (theaviationist.com)
- Sea Harrier, the forgotten hero that won the war in the Falklands. To be replaced by the F-35B. (theaviationist.com)
One more thing, low flying was to avoid being deteted so PACs could not be vectored but also so radars could not lock into the aircraft and air defenses where inefective.
As an example.
On May 25. “Vulcanos” and “Zeus” flight could not be engaged by Sea Dart in longer distances because of the clutter of Pebble/Borbon island (barely visible in the background of the picture)