That was how the late John Farley (left) described the approach that helped lead to the Hawker Siddeley Harrier securing a US Marine Corps order, but it could just as well apply to the aircraft itself — and the great test pilot. Later, American participation proved pivotal in developing the improved Harrier II. Had it not been for Farley, none of this might have come about
JOHN FARLEY AND THE AV-8
Perhaps more than any other individual, John Farley, who has just died aged 85, was instrumental in cementing the Harrier legend. Of course the early, pioneering P1127 appearances in the hands of Bill Bedford and others had electrified everyone, but Farley’s demonstrations of the vertical/short take-off and landing jet showed the world just how practical, how usable, its unique qualities were.