The most thrilling restoration project of his career, that’s how Chris Wilson of Jet Art Aviation recalls the rollercoaster of challenges getting an RAF Harrier GR.3 back to ground-running condition.

Harrier GR.3 XZ130 looking superb after its restoration by Jet Art Aviation.
All photos Jet Art Aviation unless stated

Jet Art Aviation specialises in supplying and restoring ex-military aircraft and parts. One project has stood out in recent years and had a sentimental element for me. Our skilled team at Jet Art Aviation (JAA) has just completed 18 months of work on Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.3, XZ130, that was built in 1976. It was a rollercoaster of successes and obstacles that have left us feeling incredibly satisfied and proud of the result. Some of my favourite career moments have come through this project. In ten years in business we have been lucky enough to own and restore 11 Harriers, this one being the most thrilling and successful restoration of them all.


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