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)

Maximum Speed

730 MPH

Maximum Altitude

50,000 ft

Range

260 miles

Engine

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

Crew

2

Manufacturer
Hawker Siddeley

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

Designation
TAV-8A

Serial Number
159382

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