The Harrier Story
The 'Jump-jet' was the world's first vertical/short take-off and landing operational jet aircraft (VSTOL). Developed using the revolutionary Pegasus engine, the Harrier has served the RAF and US Marine Corps for well over 30 years. Here, vividly told, is the fascinating story from tentative hovering by the Hawker P1127 in 1960 to today's frontline Harrier GR9 and AV-8B warplanes. A naval version, the Sea Harrier, entered service with the Royal Navy in 1979. Alongside the RAF Harrier it saw action in the Falklands War in 1982. More recently, Harriers have seen combat over Kosovo, Bosnia and Iraq. In the USA, a license-built version (the AV8-A/B) equips the US Marine Corps and is in service today in Iraq. Harriers also equip air forces in Spain and Thailand.
- Electronic book text | 128 pages
- 29 Feb 2012
- The History Press Ltd
- Stroud, United Kingdom
About Peter R. March
Peter R March is an aviation author, photographer and journalist. He is the editor of the RAF Yearbook for the RAF Charitable Trust/Royal International Air Tattoo, a regular contributing editor to Aircraft Illustrated and Pilot magazines, editor of Ian Allan's annual abc Military Aircraft Markings, an author of more than fifty books in his own right on aviation subjects, including The Concorde Story (2005), The Spitfire Story (2006) and The Vulcan Story (2006).