RAF V-Force Gin - Special Commemorative Edition, 50cl

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Commemorating the long-range missions from Ascension Island to the Falklands that were an important part of the British air campaign in 1982. Complex air-to-air refuelling plans saw 18 Victors take two Vulcans to their targets and back in the longest RAF operational missions ever flown. 18 to 2!

We commemorate this historic achievement with V-Force Gin. Our award-winning and best-selling classic London dry gin, presented in a special commemorative bottle.

Distilled just a short hop from RAF Marham and the brainchild of former RAF navigator and author, Ken Delve.

Ken is also a volunteer at RAF Marham Aviation Heritage Centre. A contribution from every bottle sold is donated to this charity, helping to keep entry free and enable the Heritage Centre to preserve and present RAF history.

The Gin
V-Force Gin is vapour-infused in our copper alembic still with a basket of the finest botanicals - including juniper, citrus, nettle and thyme. This creates an ultra-smooth London dry gin.

Deliciously enjoyable on its own over ice, or add just a splash of tonic and garnish with orange and fresh thyme to create a longer cocktail.

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Tasting notes: Herby citrus notes come through with the sweetness from the nettles first, then a nice punch of juniper with the spice coming through at the end. Very smooth and great to sip neat, or with just a splash of elderflower tonic.

Please see serve suggestions further down this page.

Alcohol: 40% ABV.
Allergens: Gluten free and does not contain any notifiable allergens.
Pack size: 50cl bottle.

Black Buck Missions

Early in April 1982 RAF Marham was directed to prepare aircrews and aircraft for tasks in the South Atlantic.

RAF Marham reports "We entered, almost overnight, into a period of intensive activity developing techniques new to our aircrew, and modifying our aircraft with improved long range navigational aids, and cameras for air-to-ground photographic work. All available aircrew were trained to full day and night standards of air-to-air refuelling, and taught the basic procedures of maritime radar reconnaissance.

There was also the formidable task of training aircrews from the Vulcan, Nimrod and Hercules forces in air-to-air refuelling techniques. These were exciting times and marked the beginning of a period of nearly three months throughout which Marham maintained 24 hour operations."

Of the Falklands operations, the best-known were the Black Buck missions with Victors supporting Vulcan operations. The first bombing raid on Port Stanley code named ‘Black Buck 1’ took place on 1st May 1982. The aim of the mission was to deny the use of the runway at Port Stanley to the Argentinians for the use of their fast jet aircraft, i.e., Super Etendards and Mirages, and to prove to the enemy that the mainland of Argentina was within range of British bombers.

Eleven Victors and two Vulcans got airborne in two waves on the night of 30th April.

The mission was successful when the Vulcan created history by dropping its first bombs in anger at 0446 local time. One bomb cratered the runway, others damaged hangarage and the Argentinians knew we meant business. Port Stanley was never used by Argentinian jet fighters and two squadrons of Air Defence fighters were held on alert on the mainland in Northern Argentina.

RAF Marham Aviation Heritage Centre

The Aviation Heritage Centre at RAF Marham was born out of the old Station History Room, which was set up in the 1980’s as a facility to display various historical artefacts and memorabilia. This facility was within the bounds of the station so was rarely open to the public.

In 2013 a building became available which was outside of the station boundary, it was the old St George’s Roman Catholic church. Led by Steve Roberts the curator, the team put together a convincing case and was granted use of the building. It was then a question of putting the building to good use! and that has certainly been done by the team.

The displayed collection and the historic archive currently holds over 12,000 items pertaining to either the history of RAF Marham, the Royal Air Force in East Anglia and also the history of the RAF in general. The collection continues to grow as more artefacts and memorabilia are donated or loaned to us, veterans also share their memories of Marham with us and we have started an audio archive of some of those memories. Every day we are open brings more insights and information!

Location: Close to the main gate of RAF Marham.

For parking please use the car park at the back of the RAF Marham Families shopping complex.

Opening Times: Normal opening times are every Tuesday and Wednesday 0900 to 1500; last Saturday of every month 0900 to 1500.

Cost: Entry to the Centre is FREE

Special Events for 2022

Saturday 16th April: Victors and the Falklands Campaign - displays at the RAF Marham Aviation Heritage Centre (0930 to 1600) 

Saturday 14th May: Falklands 40th: Marham's tankers lead the way; symposium at the RAF Marham Aviation Heritage Centre

Please contact the RAF Marham Aviation Heritage Centre for more information and bookings.

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    AN
    12/05/2022
    Anthony N.
    United Kingdom
    I recommend this product

    EXCELLENT PRODUCT AND SERVICE

    Took the plunge and ordered this product recently. Very fitting that due to prompt despatch I received the item on the anniversary of the first Black Buck raid. Happy ex-Victor rigger

    PM
    10/05/2022
    Phillip M.
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    I recommend this product

    Great Gin

    Fantastic Gin in a Fantastic bottle

    11/05/2022

    Wild Knight® Distillery

    Dear Phillip, thank you for your lovely review which we truly appreciate :-)

    MB
    05/05/2022
    Mark B.
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    I recommend this product

    Great product

    Very nice addition to my collection

    05/05/2022

    Wild Knight® Distillery

    Thanks Mark, that's great to hear!