Gallery No 10 - Hawker Harrier

Aircraft - 4 Images

My thanks to Roger Dunn and the MOD for supplying these images.Wikipedia for text.

Harrier Specifications
One Rolls-Royce Pegasus vectored thrust turbofan

46ft 4in (14.12m)

30ft 4in (9.24m)

Top Speed:
661mph (1,065km/h)

Crew of 1 or 2
The first Harriers entered RAF service in 1969, making the RAF the first in the world to use its revolutionary vertical take-off and landing abilities which allow the aircraft to fly in and out of areas close to the battlefield that would normally be off-limits to conventional aircraft such as the Tornado. The current versions of the Harrier are the pilot-only GR7 (which is being upgraded with more powerful engines and electronic systems to become the GR9) and the two-seat T10 which, when not used as a training aircraft, can also be used in combat.

Since 2000, the RAF's Harrier and the Royal Navy Sea Harriers have been under the organisational control of Joint Force Harrier. This has seen the RAF's aircraft deploy alongside the Sea Harriers on board aircraft carriers of the Navy on many routine training deployments as well as operations.

Air Interdiction (AI). Low- or medium-level attacks using precision-guided, freefall or retarded bombs.
Close Air Support (CAS). Air attacks against hostile targets that are in close proximity to friendly forces.
Up to sixteen general-purpose bombs, four Maverick anti-tank missiles, Paveway 2 and 3 laser-guided bombs and CRV-7 rocket pods. Future attack weapons will include Brimstone anti-armour missiles and Storm Shadow cruise missiles. For self-defence, two AIM-9L Sidewinders or Advanced Short-Range Air-to-Air missiles (ASRAAM) can be carried. The Joint Reconnaissance Pod, when fitted, is mounted under the centre fuselage.

The sharply downward-sloping wing and tailplane, and the large air intakes of the Pegasus engine (3) make the Harrier very distinctive. The undercarriage is also unusual, in that the main wheels and nose wheel retract in tandem into the fuselage and there are two outrigger wheels that retract into housings on the wing at about two-thirds span (1). The cockpit glazing is large and pronounced on all versions(2). The T10 has a much more pronounced 'hump' for the twin cockpit (4) and is slightly longer than the GR7.


Some aircraft may appear identical but there are differences which will not be discernible from the image.

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1 Squadron GR7
1 Squadron GR3
3 Squadron GR3
3 Squadron GR7



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