What is special about the Harrier aircraft?

An unusual feature of the Harrier family of aircraft is their use of two types of flight control to provide pitch, roll and yaw control: conventional control surfaces for wingborne flight, and a system of reaction control valves directing jets of bleed air from the high-pressure compressor of the engine out through the …

Why was the Sea Harrier so successful?

Originally Answered: How did Sea Harriers get so many kills during the Falklands War? Primarily because Sea Harriers were equipped with the latest side-winder missiles and had fairly effective air control.

Was the Harrier effective?

According to an 2002 LA Times report, the AV-8B Harrier suffered 11.44 accidents per 100,000 flight hours, compared to just 3 for the F/A-18 Hornet. Between 1971 and 2002, 45 Marine pilots were killed in 143 noncombat accidents in Harriers. It’s not a very good airplane when you consider everything about it.

What advantage does the Harrier jet have?

Low Speed Woes. The ability to fly slowly, so useful to Arnold, is a major liability if the engine gives out. Less speed, especially at a low altitude, means less ability to maneuver the jet to a safe location before hitting the ground.

Can the Harrier dogfight?

The Harrier did achieve some 15–20 aerial kills but never engaged in a real dogfight since the only Argentine dogfighting “capable” plane was the Mirage 3, which never really engaged as air supressors but as an escort/decoy for the A4 Skyhawks in their bombing runs against the British fleet heavely loaded with external …

Was the Sea Harrier a good fighter?

Its usage in the Falklands War was its most high profile and important success, when it was the only fixed-wing fighter available to protect the British Task Force. The Sea Harriers shot down 20 enemy aircraft during the conflict; 2 Sea Harriers were lost to enemy ground fire.

Why did Britain scrap the Harrier?

The British government retired its Harrier fleet as part of the strategic defence and security review (SDSR). … The Ministry of Defence said cuts predating the SDSR meant the Harrier force was too small to carry out operations in Afghanistan whilst maintaining a contingent capability for operations such as Libya.

Why was the Harrier decommissioned?

The decision to close down the British Harrier force almost overnight was significant in many ways. The joint Royal Air Force/Royal Navy fleet of vertical/short take-off and landing (V/STOL) aircraft stemmed from a Cold War desire to operate from small, unprepared airstrips.

Do Harrier jump jets still fly?

The Harrier entered service in 1967 and it is still in use today. The Sea Harrier was a version made specially for use on aircraft carriers. The Harrier isn’t especially fast, but its amazing flying abilities give it the advantage over other planes in close combat.

How many Harrier jump jets were built?

A variant of the AV-8B, the British Aerospace Harrier II, was developed for the British military, while another, the TAV-8B, is a dedicated two-seat trainer.

McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II.
AV-8B Harrier II
Primary usersUnited States Marine Corps Italian Navy Spanish Navy
Number builtAV-8B: 337 (excluding the YAV-8B)

When did the RAF retire the Harrier?

British Aerospace Harrier II
Harrier GR5 / GR7 / GR9
IntroductionDecember 1989
RetiredMarch 2011
Primary usersRoyal Air Force (historical) Royal Navy (historical)

Who built the Harrier jet?

Hawker Siddeley Harrier/Manufacturers

Does the Harrier have a gun?

Weapons. The Harrier II Plus is capable of deploying a wide range of weapon systems, including the air-to-air AMRAAM and Sparrow missiles, air-to-surface AGM-65 Maverick missiles, anti-ship Harpoon and Sea Eagle missiles, 25mm cannon, and a range of bombs and rockets.

What is the top speed of a Harrier jump jet?

Specification (Harrier GR3)
Powerplant:1 × Rolls-Royce Pegasus 103 turbofan with four swivelling nozzles, 21,500 lbf / 95.6 kN
Span:25 ft 3 in / 7.70 m
Maximum Weight:25,200 lb / 11,430 kg (Take-off)
Capacity:1 pilot
Maximum Speed:730 mph / 635 knots / 1,176 km/h at sea level

What does VTOL stand for?

Vertical Takeoff And Landing
VTOL airplane, abbreviation of Vertical Takeoff And Landing Airplane, any of several unconventional aircraft with rotating wing systems, such as the helicopter and autogiro.

Can a Harrier fire while hovering?

Technically speaking Harrier is not a VTOL aircraft, practically all the helicopters are however, so in that context yes, a lot of VTOL aircraft has fired on the enemy while in hover, though it’s not standard practice.

Was the Harrier used in Vietnam?

No the AV-8 Harrier was not used in Vietnam because it had not yet been made. The Vietnam war ended in 1975 and the Harrier was introduced in 1985.

How much is a Harrier jet worth?

Although the video doesn’t mention the price he paid, the going rate for a Harrier is around $1.5 million. Then of course there’s the insane price of gas, which Nalls makes up by performing at air shows.