Air Strike over West Falklands

This painting by Robert Taylor shows a British Harrier firing its missiles at an Argentine plane. Although slower than the Argentine planes, the Harriers had great acceleration and the Argentine planes had to slow down in order to drop their bombs on the ships making them vulnerable to the British planes. The main problem for the British was its shortage of planes and the distance of the Aircraft Carriers from the patrol zone in order that they not be intercepted and sunk by other Argentine planes firing the deadly exocet missile.

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