The Harrier, known colloquially as the 'Jump Jet' is a family of military aircraft produced between 1967 and 2003. The jet emerged as the only successful V/STOL aircraft design and was developed originally by Britain's Hawker Siddeley, and later by British Aerospace. A US variant - which is currently still in active service - was also produced by McDonnell Douglas for the US Marine Corps. The type was retired by the UK military in 2011.
Despite the diminishing use of Harriers, the USMC still needs new pilots. For this, a Fleet Replacement Detachment at NAF El Centro in California provides specific conditions for weapons training, as Combat Aircraft Journal discovers
The withdrawal of the ever-popular Hawker Siddeley Harrier from British skies was a sad day for aviation enthusiasts – but it hasn’t stopped one Shropshire-based family keeping a GR.3 ‘alive’ on its farm. Darren Harbar chats to a father and son who possess their very own ‘jump jet’
Devoid of conventional aircraft carriers and relying on land-based RAF assets for protection, in the late 1970s the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm found itself without a fixed-wing fighter for the first time in its history. Bertie Simmonds discovers that, thankfully, it wasn’t for long
Ten US Marine Corps AV-8B Harriers IIs of VMA-223 arrived at Bodø Main Air Station in Norway on March 3 to participate in Exercise Cold Response 2022 (CR 22). The exercise is to run from March 14 to 31 for which the USMC has deployed a sizeable force to the Scandinavian country
The aircraft that defined an era of front-line Fleet Air Arm operations — not least in the Falklands