British Aerospace Sea Harrier FA2

A picture of the British Aerospace Sea Harrier FA2

Developed in Great Britain by Hawker Siddeley (later part of British Aerospace) the Harrier is one of only three 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 FA2 version of the Harrier is a greatly upgraded version of the original Sea Harrier and was used by the Royal Navy for fleet air defense and strike missions.  The primary difference to other Harrier versions is the inclusion of a sophisticated air intercept radar in the larger nose of the aircraft.  The FA2 was the only version of the Harrier capable of firing the AMRAAM radar guided air-to-air missile.

Wingspan

25 ft 3 in.

Length

46 ft 6 in.

Height

12 ft 2 in.

Weight

26,200 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

735 MPH

Service Ceiling

51,000 ft

Range

620 miles

Engine

One Rolls-Royce Pegasus 11 Mk. 106 turbofan with 21,750 pounds of thrust

Crew

1

Manufacturer
British Aerospace

Markings
Royal Navy, 899 Naval Air Squadron, Yeovilton, 2005

Serial Number
ZH810

Designation
FA2

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