Harrier Jump Jet

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RR Pegasus Mk5
21,500 lbs.
15,360 lbs.
31,000 lbs.
2- 25 mm
10,800 lbs.
47 ft. 1 in.
30 ft. 4 in.
660 mph
14,700 fpm
50,000 feet
2,000 miles

Harrier Jump Jet

Harrier Jump Jet

The Harrier Jump Jet is a combined project of McDonnell Douglas, now Boeing, and BAE Systems.

The origins of the Harrier Jump Jet trace back to its predecessor's first hovering flight in October of 1960. Since then it has received numerous updates and improvements and is still serving today.

The idea for the Harrier Jump Jet was in response to the threat of an enemy quickly knocking out runways, rendering conventional aircraft useless. The answer was to develop a fighter aircraft that could take off and land without using long runways.

The Harrier Jump Jet utilizes a single engine for all of its maneuvering. The pilot can angle the engine exhaust nozzle downward for vertical flight or hovering and then rearward for conventional flight. Directional control jets in the nose, wings and tail allow for turning while hovering.

The Harrier Jump Jet first entered service with the RAF in October of 1969. These aircraft were designated GR1. The United States designated their aircraft that first flew in the early 1970's as the AV-8A.

The Harrier Jump Jet aircraft used by the British were licensed American design aircraft, fitted to RAF requirements. These requirements include navigation and defensive systems, and additional missiles.

The latest Harrier Jump Jet aircraft have day/night/all weather flying capabilities. They are particularly suited to ground support missions with forward looking infrared equipment, and pilot night vision visors. They have more than double the payload capacity of earlier jump jets.

Canton Trade International is also manufacturing the Harrier Jump Jet For Sale with its wingspan of 31 in.

The Harrier Jump Jet aircraft have seen action during the Falklands War, Operation Desert Storm, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, and the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

We received the following email:
"The Harrier Jump Jet was actually entered into Marine Corps Aviation service in the early 1970's. It was flown out of Marine Corp Air Station Beaufort South Carolina (Marine Airgroup 32, VMA513) while I was stationed there as an aircraft structural mechanic from 1972 - 1975. During my time at MCAS Beaufort a Harrier stalled while hovering, due to seagull ingestion, and fell into a swamp. The aircraft structure remained sound except for the left engine intake (and the engine!). The intake required extensive rebuilding which I was given the responsibility to complete. Great memories for me." - Henry Ward, Prospect, KY.