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)

Hawker Harrier

Royal Navy insignia on the Hawker Siddeley Harrier

Cockpit view

Hawker Siddeley Harrier cockpit

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