St Pancras Express

Chris Wilson of Jet Art Aviation describes the restoration of a very special Harrier

Next year sees the 50th anniversary of the transatlantic air race organised by the British newspaper the Daily Mail. By a happy coincidence Yorkshire-based Jet Art Aviation is bringing to an end a fiveyear restoration of Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.1 XV741, the winner of the now legendary event.

As the 1960s ended, the Harrier – the world’s first vertical/short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) aircraft – entered RAF service with 1 Squadron at Wittering, Northants. Keen to show off its wonder jet, the RAF ‘top brass’ took very little persuasion to enter a brace of its Harriers in to the race – XV741 and XV744.

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