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  • Hawker Harrier GR.1

    Hawker Harrier GR.1 XV741

Hawker Harrier GR.1

1968, Vimy Pavilion, On long term display

The Harrier was the first successful V/STOL (Vertical/Short Take-Off and Landing) fighter. Four rotatable jet engine nozzles, allowing the aircraft to take off vertically, hover and transition into conventional flight and back again. Capable of landing almost anywhere, V/STOL aircraft are ideally suited to operating from aircraft carriers.

This aircraft, registration XV741, was one of the first to enter service with the RAF. It won the prize for the fastest crossing from London to New York in the 1969 Daily Mail Transatlantic Air Race. Find out more about the race to cross the Atlantic in our First to the Fastest exhibition.

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