A story of two isles - The Falklands - Part 17 - Summary of support aircraft (3)
Know the support aircraft that were used in the conflict
Previous posts of this saga:
Part 1: https://steemit.com/history/@wolfenlord/a-story-of-two-isles
Part 2: https://steemit.com/history/@wolfenlord/a-story-of-two-isles-part-2
Part 3: https://steemit.com/history/@wolfenlord/a-story-of-two-isles-the-falklands-part-3
Part 4: https://steemit.com/history/@wolfenlord/a-story-of-two-isles-the-falklands-part-4-the-rebellion
Part 5: https://steemit.com/history/@wolfenlord/a-story-of-two-isles-the-falklands-part-5-british-expansionism-before-the-war
Part 6: https://steemit.com/history/@wolfenlord/a-story-of-two-isles-the-falklands-part-6-battle-of-the-falklands-world-war-1
Part 7: https://steemit.com/history/@wolfenlord/a-story-of-two-isles-the-falklands-part-7-world-war-2
Part 8: https://steemit.com/history/@wolfenlord/a-story-of-two-isles-the-falklands-part-8-united-nations-first-claims
Part 9: https://steemit.com/history/@wolfenlord/a-story-of-two-isles-the-falklands-part-9-a-rogue-flight
Part 10: https://steemit.com/history/@wolfenlord/a-story-of-two-isles-the-falklands-part-10-a-hijacked-airliner
Part 11: https://steemit.com/history/@wolfenlord/a-story-of-two-isles-the-falklands-part-11-un-resolutions-more-incidents-and-a-war-brewing
Part 12: https://steemit.com/history/@wolfenlord/a-story-of-two-isles-the-falklands-part-12-introduction-to-the-falklands-war
Part 13: https://steemit.com/history/@wolfenlord/a-story-of-two-isles-the-falklands-part-13-circumstances-of-the-war-expanded-or-introduction-reloaded
Part 14: https://steemit.com/history/@wolfenlord/a-story-of-two-isles-the-falklands-part-14-summary-of-the-combat-material-of-the-air-forces-involved
Part 15: https://steemit.com/history/@wolfenlord/a-story-of-two-isles-the-falklands-part-15-summary-of-support-aircraft-1
Part 16: https://steemit.com/history/@wolfenlord/a-story-of-two-isles-the-falklands-part-15-summary-of-support-aircraft-2
Originally, I was going to do a summary of each land unit, aircraft and naval vessel that took part in the war. However, I´ve noticed the drop in popularity of this series, there are not just enough gearheads like me out there to appreciate technical details, so once I´ll finish with the air forces, I´ll start telling the war development itself and the individual war stories.
Support aircraft which completed missions in the Falklands War:
Argentina: Embraer EMB-110 y EMB-111 Bandeirante
Crew: 2 / Length: 49.54 feet Height: 16.14 feet / Wingspan: 50.29 feet Wing Area: 29.10 m² / Empty Weight: 7.480 lbs Maximum Takeoff Weight: 13.01 lbs Engine: 2 x Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34 Turboprop engines, 750 shp each. Cruise Speed: 212 mph Service Radius: 1,220 miles Service Ceiling: 21,500 feet Armament: None *. Quantity of planes: 2 *. Lost planes: 0
Argentina: Lockheed P-2(P2V) Neptune
Crew: 7-9 / Length: 91.66 ft Wingspan: 103.83 ft Height: 29.33 ft / Wing Area: 92.9 m² Empty Weight: 49,935 lbs Max. Takeoff Weight: 79,895 lbs Engine: 2 × Westinghouse J34-WE-34 turbojet, 3,400 lbf (15.1 kN) each 2 × Wright R-3350-32W Cyclone Turbo-compound radial engine Maximum Speed: 363 mph Range: 2,157 miles Service Ceiling: 22,400 ft Armament: None *. Quantity of planes: 14(2) *. Lost planes: 0
This aircraft had a peculiarity: it had 2 propeller engines and also 2 jet engines, combining both forms of propulsion. The Neptune was a maritime patrol aircraft, and despite Argentina receiving 14 of these aircraft in the 60s, they had accumulated long flight hours and only 2 of them were in service during the Falklands War. Even though they had pylons for rockets and bombs, neither of those were used in the war, their main assignments were short range fleet detection and submarine detection. They were essential for picking up targets and relaying their data to COAN(Comando Aeronaval Argentino-Argentinian Air Naval Command).
Short video segment of a documentary presenting the Neptune:
England/Argentina: Westland Lynx Helicopter
Crew: 2 or 3 Capacity: 8 troops/ Payload: 1,480kg Length: 50 feet / Height: 12.41 ft Disc Area: 1,385 ft² Empty Weight: 7,255 lbs Max. Takeoff Weight: 11,750 lbs Powerplant: 2 × Rolls-Royce Gem turboshaft Maximum Speed: 201 mph Range: 328 miles with standard tanks. Armament: - Naval: 2 x torpedoes or 4x Sea Skua missiles or 2 x depth charges - Attack: 2 x 20mm cannons, 2 x 70mm rocket pods CRV7, 8 x TOW ATGM - General: 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Guns (AH.7 and AH.9), Browning AN/M3M .50 calibre heavy machine gun (HAS.3 and HMA.8) Quantity of Helicopters(Argentina): 2 Helicopter Losses(Argentina): 2(Mechanical Failures due to wear and tear) Quantity of Helicopters(England): 14 Helicopter Losses(England): 3(Lost when their carrier ships - HMS Coventry and HMS Atlantic Conveyor wre sunk by Argentine forces)
Image sources for the pictures of civilian brazilian Bandeirante, Neptune from the US Navy and RAF Lynx: wikipedia.
Image source for Argentinian EMB111-A, Image source Argentinian P2V Neptune, Image source Argentinian Lynx.