30 April 1982: Two RAF Vulcans left Ascension Island to bomb the Argentine-occupied airfield at Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands, 4,000 miles away. The lead Vulcan had to turn back with a pressure leak. The backup, XM607, suddenly had “a job of work to do” – supported by three waves of Victor tankers. In this imagined scene, XM607 is returning to its 33,000ft cruise altitude after refuelling – going on to bomb the airfield and return to Ascension after 16 hours, the longest combat bombing operation there had been. Aircraft is a USAF public domain photo from 1985. Digital enhancement and cloudscape by me.