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Harrier Themed Articles


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MAR162012
Aviation News >> Harrier ZD461 Arrives at IWM Duxford Wednesday 14th March saw the third and final delivery of a Harrier GR.9A for preservation following the type’s retirement in December of 2010, with the arrival of ZD461/51A at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford. Martin Needham guest reports for GAR.
DEC212010
The Harrier: Memories
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With the UK's Joint Force Harrier commemorated with its retirement last week, GAR decided to gather together a number of memories from those who know the aircraft best and have experienced, or in one case still experience, the legendary Harrier from the cockpit. Compiled by Gareth Stringer with images as credited.
DEC212010
The Harrier: The Final Weeks Of An Icon With Joint Force Harrier
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It's over - the Harrier has been retired from RAF / RN service. After a hectic, emotional and rumour strewn drawdown, Gareth Stringer talks us through Joint Force Harrier's final weeks from GAR's perspective and both inside and out. Images as credited.
DEC172010
The Harrier: Joint Force Harrier's Final Chapter
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Wednesday 15th December 2010 saw the legendary Harrier complete its final flights as part of the UK's armed forces. GAR was there to report on a sad and emotional day at RAF Cottesmore. Words - Gareth Stringer. Images - Karl Drage unless otherwise stated.
DEC142010
The Harrier >> David Morgan Part Three: Sea Harrier Over The Falklands - The Final Engagement
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In the spring of 1982 David Morgan had just started an exchange tour with the Royal Navy flying Sea Harriers at RNAS Yeovilton. His conversion was rudely cut short on 2nd April when Argentine forces invaded the Falkland Islands. He took part in the first raid on Stanley Airfield on 1st May, getting shot through the tail fin, and flew another 54 operational SHAR missions (and two Wessex flights!) before the end of the conflict on 14th June. He was credited with sinking one enemy vessel as well as shooting down two helicopters and two A-4 Skyhawks. This, in the last of three GAR features courtesy of David himself, is the story of the final air engagement of the war. Images as credited.
DEC072010
The Harrier >> David Morgan Part Two: Sea Harrier Engagement at Shag Cove
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In this, the second piece kindly supplied to GAR courtesy of Lt Cdr David Morgan DSC, we continue our look at the Sea Harrier's success in the skies over the Falklands during the conflict of 1982. In this thrilling tale, David relates an encounter with rotary elements of the Argentine Air Force on the 23rd May. Images as credited.
DEC072010
The Harrier: Overseas Service
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With the illustrious career of the Harrier with the RAF and Royal Navy shortly to come to an end, it is easy to assume that this is the final chapter in the history of this remarkable aircraft. However, the Harrier will remain in service in other parts of the world for some years to come. Paul Dunn takes a look at the remaining Harriers in worldwide service, images as credited.
NOV302010
The Harrier: Test Pilot John Farley on the P.1127 and Short SC.1
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With the Harrier's impending retirement from UK military service, Global Aviation Resource has been busy preparing a number of features looking at the career of one the most iconic aircraft in aviation history. For this feature we are delighted to welcome Harrier test pilot John Farley as he takes us back to the 1960s for a close look at Hawker's P.1127 prototype and the Short SC.1 VSTOL research aircraft. Images as credited.
NOV302010
The Harrier >> David Morgan: The Sea Harrier's Baptism of Fire
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For many the Falklands War of 1982 was the Sea Harrier's finest hour. Lt Cdr David Morgan DSC served with 899 NAS during the conflict and tells that story in a vivid memoir entitled
NOV232010
The Harrier: Dunsfold Celebrates The Aircraft
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With the retirement of the Harrier from UK service just a matter of weeks away, the aircraft’s spiritual home found time to commemorate the part it played in making V/STOL history some 50 years ago. Gareth Stringer reports from a foggy Dunsfold with images as credited and an exclusive film from PlanesTV.
NOV232010
The Harrier: The History of an Icon
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It's a name instantly recognisable to many, regardless of their interest in aviation, but one that will soon be consigned to the history books in this country when, after more than forty years service, the aircraft is cut from the UK military as a result of the Strategic Defence and Security Review. Gareth Stringer looks back at the Harrier's development and distinguished career with the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy. Images as credited.
NOV092010
The Harrier: 41(R) Squadron’s Harrier Flight Disbands With the early disbandment of Joint Force Harrier announced in October’s Strategic Defence and Security Review it became only a matter of time before GAR started covering the sad demise of this legendary aircraft’s career in the British armed forces. 41(R) Squadron was the first to give up its jets and Gareth Stringer reports on a sad day for this proud unit. Images as credited.