Seven years and counting since that air display favourite, the Harrier, was axed in that piece of muddled Government thinking glorified by the title of the Strategic Defence & Security Review in 2010, one of several icons sacrificed to pay for the bail out of the failed Banks. For those who are missing it here are a selection of images of some examples which graced our airshows down the years more or less in chronological order.
Nice. I remeber G-VTOl in it's faux desert scheme with azure blue underside at Farnborough doing some pretty spectacular vertical climbs from a hover many years ago. I think the Swiss renamed a mountain after John Farley when he did that at a sales demo for them.
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Nice pics. I don't know why not, but I never felt much affection for the Harrier as a display machine. Can't explain it. Whilst I love most things of an aeronautical bent, it's displays were clever, but for me, unspectacular, and I found them a little boring to be honest. [I know I am in a HUGE minority here, but am just being honest.]
I always loved the sight of a dark grey Sea Harrier FRS1 against a gloomy sky bombing around in the distance at or near an airshow. Its very sharp pointy nose and smaller size always made it look like it was doing 700mph everywhere.
I think a shiny dark grey FRS1 was one of the smartest looking military jets ever made personally.