Designation: TAV-8A

Hawker-Siddeley TAV-8A

Hawker Siddeley TAV-8A Harrier

A picture of the Hawker Siddeley TAV-8A Harrier

Developed in Great Britain by Hawker Siddeley (later part of British Aerospace) the Harrier is one of only two vertical/short takeoff and landing jets to go into full production.  First placed in service by the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy the Harrier first saw combat in the 1982 Falklands War between Britain and Argentina.  The United States Marine Corps first ordered the Harrier in 1969 with the first deliveries in 1971. 

The unique flight characteristics of the Harrier required the development of a dedicated two seat trainer version of the aircraft.  In the United States this first trainer variant was designated the TAV-8A.  A total of eight of the two-seat Harriers were built by BAe for the Marines in 1975 and 1976.  They served until all of the surviving aircraft were replaced by the TAV-8B in 1987.

Wingspan 25 ft 3 in.


Length 55 ft 9.5 in.


Height 13 ft 8 in.


Weight 21,150 lbs (loaded)


Max. Speed 730 MPH

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 50,000 ft

Maximum Altitude

Range 260 miles


Engines One Rolls-Royce F402-RR-103 Pegasus turbofan with 21,500 pounds of thrust


Crew 2


Hawker Siddeley

U.S. Marine Corps, VMAT-203, USS Roosevelt, 1976


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