Free UK Postage. For overseas postage costs, please contact us before purchase so we can let you know the cost of delivery.
End Of An Era
redesigned for the Harrier and was powered by the more powerful Pegasus 6 engine, this engine was later to be replaced later on by the even more powerful Pegasus 11.The British designed Harrier entered service in 1969 it was unique in being able to take off and land both vertically and on a short runway. It excelled during the Falklands War, before going on to serve in many other conflicts including in Bosnia, Iraq, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan. The Harrier leaves UK service after an illustrious career that has seen it contribute to every major conflict in the last 30 years. Everyone involved with the Harrier both past and present is full of praise for this famous aircraft. Over the years the Harrier has been operated by by various nations including the united States Marine Corps (USMC) which highly regards the aircraft’s capabilities.The Final FlypastOn December 15th, 2010, at RAF Cottesmore, 16 Harriers took off for a final formation flypast planned to pass at 1,000 feet over the airbases of Marham, Wittering, Cranwell, Waddington, Scampton and Coningsby before returning home. This would be the last flight of the Harrier in UK service.
RAF Cottesmore, the final day of the Harrier in Royal Air Force service.
Click thumbnail for closer detail
BackgroundFollowing an approach by the Bristol Engine Company in 1957 that they were planning a directed thrust engine, Hawker Aircraft came up with a design for an aeroplane that could meet the NATO specification for a "Light Tactical Support Fighter". There was no financial support for the development from HM Treasury, but aid was found through the Mutual Weapon Development Project (MWDP) of NATO.The Hawker P.1127 was ordered as a prototype and flew in 1960. Work on the P.1127 continued with 9 evaluation aircraft, the Hawker Siddeley Kestrel, which started flying in 1964. The Kestrel and the Harrier were similar in appearance, though approximately 90 per cent of the Kestrel's airframe had to be