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Hawker Harrier T.Mk.52

1971, Flight Shed, On long term display

The Harrier was the first successful Vertical/Short Take-Off & Landing (V/STOL) fighter. Movement is controlled by four jet engine nozzles, allowing these aircraft to land almost anywhere. Harriers rarely use vertical take-off when in service, as it limits the weight of fuel and weapons on board. V/STOL aircraft are ideally suited to operating from aircraft carriers.

Harriers have served in the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, as well as other foreign air forces — especially the US Marine Corps. They played an important role in the Falklands and Gulf Wars and more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. This aircraft was the first two-seater trainer, used as a demonstration aircraft.