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Harrier


The Harrier is V/STOL (Vertical/Short Take-Off and Landing) close-support and reconnaissance fighter-bomber aircraft that served with the British Royal Air Force (RAF) during the Falklands War. During the war, the RAF's Harrier GR.3s operated from HMS Hermes and were used in close support of ground forces and attacked Argentine positions and Port Stanley runway.

Additionally, the Royal Navy operated Sea Harriers during the war, and these concentrated on air defence missions. In the even of Sea Harrier losses, the plan was to use Harrier GR.3s as replacements, but in the event this was unnecessary since no Sea Harriers were lost in combat (although two were lost from ground fire, and four from accidents).

Here is a summary of the Harrier GR.3's technical specifications:

Crew 1
Wingspan 25 feet 3 inches (7.7 metres)
Length 46 feet 10 inches (14.3 metres)
Height 11 feet 11 inches (3.6 metres)
Wing Area 201 ft2 (18.7 m2)
Maximum Take-off Weight 26,200 lb (11,900 kg)
Maximum Speed 730 mph (1,175 km/h)
Range 830 miles (720 nautical miles, 1,340 kilometres)
Service Ceiling 55,000 feet (16,800 metres)


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RAF Harrier Ground Attack: Falklands

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During the Falklands war Jerry Pook, a pilot in No. 1(F) Squadron RAF, flew air interdiction, armed recce, close-air-support and airfield attack as well as pure photo-recce missions. Most weapons were delivered from extreme low-level attacks because of the lack of navigation aids and the absence of Smart weapons. The only way he could achieve results was to get low down and close-in to the targets and, if necessary, carry out re-attacks to destroy high-value targets.

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