Tag: Harrier

Did you know that the Argentine Navy could have been the firs export customer for the Harrier Jump Jet?
The UK was not against a Harrier sale, as the situation regarding the Malvinas/Falkland Islands was relatively satisfactory at that time. In 1963, the Argentine Naval Aviation Command's front-line fighters were the Vought F4U-5 Corsair and Grumman F9F-2 Panther, which were both becoming obsolete, especially the former. The force sought to buy the...
Red Arrows Leader remembers the moment he ejected after a crash landing in a Harrier in 2009
"The 10 year challenge? 14 May '09 pivotal moment in my flying career. Have made no secret of involvement in terrifying incident in KAF,” Martin Pert, Red Arrows Leader. Martin Pert, current "Red 1", the team Leader of the UK’s Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team Red Arrows, posted the following:
That time a crewless RAF Tornado flew away after the Navigator ejected himself and his pilot from their serviceable aircraft
  We may only imagine the front-seater's feelings as, from his parachute, he watched his Tornado disappearing over the horizon The following article contains excerpts from Group Captain Ian Hall's story titled Blind and Deaf which appears in Ian Hall’s book Tornado Boys. Over the years there have been all sorts of odd instances of aircraft being left without the optimum number of...
Exhilarating vintage video provides a unique insight into Harrier V/STOL operations
"The thrill of rising vertically on a column of thrust from a wooded site is an exhilarating experience...whether it's the first time or the hundredth!," Chuck deVlaming, USAF exchange pilot who flew with RAF No. 1 Squadron Harrier jump jets Called Harrier Strike and Survive, the cool promotional video in this post shows how the legendary jump jet was able...