Aircraft Profiles
BAe Harrier - Part I
The BAe Harrier entered service with the RAF in 1969 and proved itself to be the only successful ground attack aircraft capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) In 1971 the US Marine Corps took on the Harrier, and in 1973 the Spanish Navy placed their order.

The Harrier is built around the Rolls-Royce Pegasus engine which has rotating nozzles to direct thrust backwards for flight or downwards for short take-off (STOL) or vertical take-off (VTOL) depending on load.

The Harrier (GR1) has 4 x under-wing pylons and a fuselage pylon and 2 x optional gun packs with 30mm cannon. The usual load-out is rocket pods, fuel tanks and/or bombs.
Country of Origin:
Great Britain
GR.1 - 1 Sqn RAF
GR.1 - 20 Sqn RAF
GR.3 - 3 Sqn RAF
GR.3 - 4 Sqn RAF
GR.5 - 1 Sqn RAF
GR.5 - 3 Sqn RAF
GR.7 - 1 Sqn RAF
GR.7 - 4 Sqn RAF
GR.7 - 20 Sqn RAF