The Hawker Siddeley Harrier

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Origin & history

The third prototype, XP972, was powered by a Bristol Siddeley Pegasus 2 engine. It is pictured here at the 23rd SBAC show in September 1962. KEY

The Harrier is one of the few aircraft to have found genuine, widespread fame. It was the legendary ‘jump jet’, the airshow attraction that could hover and even ‘reverse’ before generations of disbelieving eyes. For decades various incarnations of the Harrier delighted crowds at events throughout the UK and beyond. Just like Concorde, the Spitfire and the Vulcan, it was a machine easily identified even by those otherwise disinterested in aviation.

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