Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.3

A picture of the Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.3

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 GR.3 variant of the Harrier is an updated version of the earlier GR.1 featuring a more powerful engine and improved sensors.  The most noticeable change was the lengthened nose housing a laser tracker.  The RAF deployed most of their Harriers to Germany as a part of their NATO commitment.  The GR.3 served until the early 1990s when it was replaced by the GR.7 and GR.9 versions of the Harrier.

Wingspan

25 ft 3 in.

Length

45 ft 6 in.

Height

11 ft 4 in.

Weight

25,000 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

746 MPH

Service Ceiling

55,000 ft

Range

403 miles

Engine

One Rolls-Royce Pegasus 11 Mk. 103 turbofan with 21,500 pounds of thrust

Crew

1

Manufacturer
Hawker Siddeley

Markings
Royal Air Force, 4 Squadron, Gütersloh, West Germany, 1989

Serial Number
XV804

Designation
GR.3

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