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Category Aviation Books, Subcategory Aviation History, ISBN/Box 9781445650418, Publisher Amberley, Author David Oliver, Format 165 x 234 mm, No. Pages 96, Version sb, Language English
This book is a readable insight into the iconic Hawker-Siddeley Harrier, which was designed to fight the Cold War from the fields of West Germany but which won its battle spurs in the Falklands, Belize and Afghanistan. It was controversially scrapped by the British Government fifty years after entering service with the RAF and its loss raised serious questions over Royal Navy fleet protection. This book not only describes the aircraft and its operations but includes quotes from the pilots who flew and fought in it.
The author describes the development and production of the Harrier from the original Kestrel project, which was the only successful attempt at a vertical take-off and landing aircraft at the time. He follows the Harrier into service with the RAF and also covers the development of the Sea Harrier, with its special characteristics and its extraordinarily successful performance in the Falklands War where its unique engine made it an agile fighter. He also describes the use of the Harrier in other deployments such as Belize and Afghanistan. The book also covers Anglo-US developments and examines the legacy of the Harrier in the shape of the F-35B Lightning II multi-role fighter.
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