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The End of an Era

 

The Yorkshire Air Museum has a number of modern jet fighters laid up around the grounds. This is the Harrier GR3, the remarkable Harrier originated from the Hawker P1127 Kestrel, designed by Sir Sydney Camm of Hurricane fame, and was the first Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) combat aircraft to enter regular squadron service with any air force in the world. In the UK it served with both the Royal Navy and the RAF. Today the UK goverment announce that the Harrier force would be scrapped immediately as part of the Defence Spending Review, leaving us without a carrier capable jet fighter.

 

Also at Elvington are Tornados and Buccaneers in a similar state.

 

Panavia Tornado GR1 and GR4

 

Tornados

 

 

Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S2B

 

Buccaneer

 

The End of an Era

 

The Yorkshire Air Museum has a number of modern jet fighters laid up around the grounds. This is the Harrier GR3, the remarkable Harrier originated from the Hawker P1127 Kestrel, designed by Sir Sydney Camm of Hurricane fame, and was the first Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) combat aircraft to enter regular squadron service with any air force in the world. In the UK it served with both the Royal Navy and the RAF. Today the UK goverment announce that the Harrier force would be scrapped immediately as part of the Defence Spending Review, leaving us without a carrier capable jet fighter.

 

Also at Elvington are Tornados and Buccaneers in a similar state.

 

Panavia Tornado GR1 and GR4

 

Tornados

 

 

Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S2B

 

Buccaneer

 

comments (6)

The harrier is still an amazing plane
Les Auld: One of the best even today Bill, thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 Oct 2010, 07:35
These are excellent images of amazing aircraft Les. The idea of the UK having carriers withour aircraft must be one of the greatest ironic sillinesses of the century!
Les Auld: It does make you wonder about those in power Chris, thanks for the comment.
It was quite a remarkable aircraft Les.
Les Auld: And unique Chad, thanks for the comment.
Excellent pictures Les.
Les Auld: Thanks Shawn, appreciate the comment.
Fantastic images, Les. Your appreciation of these amazing planes shows in your photographs. (:o)
Les Auld: Maybe it is the engineer in me Rosalyn but they are magnificent. Thanks for the comemnt.
Fine set of images Les, I like the presentation style.
Les Auld: Thanks Brian, appreciate the comment.

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