Given that the emphasis for our bomber units at the time was tactical and strategic nuclear delivery, they probably thought it is was inefficient and wasteful to re-task these units for a short duration conventional anti-terrorist role. This was probably a proposal based on the idea of making the best use of available resources.
Given the wide knowledge of "enemy" , ie russian, transports of the time with "bomb aimers" windows, eg AN-10, AN-12 and some Tupolev and Illyushin transports, and with the availabliity of the window in the front lower fuselage of the Argosy, this probaly was not such as an outlandish step as you might think
A recurring theme since the end of the war has been the contraction of the RAF, its funding, manpower and equipment, the reduction in its commitments both of capability and reach (location) and the increasing adoption of equipment that has multi role capabilities.
To simply blame the Hercules is a gross over-simplification
IIRC the Argosy made its maiden flight AFTER the Hercules maiden flight, I wonder if the RAF were told you will buy the Argosy whether you like it or not. Much in the same way that the RAF were told they were having the AEW Nimrod.
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My lasting memory of the "Whistling T!t"... sorry... Argosy will always be the shuttle "Yimkin Airways" between Bahrein and Salalah - calling at Sharjah and Masirah (where I was based) in the late 60's. The bringer of great things like mail and fresh foodstuffs! Never had a reason to 'do' Salalah, though. But as the locals had a habit of lobbing the odd mortar on the place, it didn't bother me not going down there.
canberra wrote: IIRC the Argosy made its maiden flight AFTER the Hercules maiden flight, I wonder if the RAF were told you will buy the Argosy whether you like it or not. Much in the same way that the RAF were told they were having the AEW Nimrod.
I suspect this was partly to do with propping up the cash strapped aviation industry in the post war era.