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A Hawker Siddeley Harrier combat aircraft.

Hawker Siddeley Harrier

Known as the ‘jump jet’, the Harrier was the world’s first vertical take-off combat aircraft to enter operational service.

The Royal Air Force began to use Harriers in 1969.

With its vertical and short take off capability, the Harrier did not need to use fixed runways but could launch from smaller areas like woodland clearings.

This is the oldest surviving Harrier in existence. It was used for testing and never saw operational service. You can find out more about the Harrier here.

Hawker Siddeley Harrier fact file

Date:    1966
Mark: GR.1
Crew: 1 (pilot)
Top speed:  746 mph (1,200 km/h)
Range: 403 miles (649 km)
Weapons: 2 x 30mm cannons or 1,000lb (4543/5 kg) bomb/reconnaissance pod
4,500lb (204kg) of additional armaments up to 4,500lb (2,041kg)

The front of a Hawker Harrier aircraft parked in a large hangar.

The Hawker Siddeley Harrier in the Military Hangar at the National Museum of Flight. 

Royal Navy insignia on the side of a green Hawker Siddeley Harrier aircraft.

Close up of the side of the Hawker Siddeley Harrier.

Cockpit view

Inside the cockpit of a Hawker Siddeley Harrier aircraft.

The cockpit of the Hawker Siddeley Harrier.

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