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