Hawker Siddeley GR.3 Harrier

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Hawker Siddeley
Markings
4 Squadron, Royal Air Force, Guttersloh, West Germany, 1989
Designation
GR.3
Serial Number
XV804

Hawker Siddeley GR.3 Harrier

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 GR.3 variant of the Harrier is an updated version of the earlier GR.1. The GR.3 featured 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.

Specifications
Wingspan 25 ft 3 in
Length 45 ft 6 in
Height 11 ft 4 in
Weight 25,000 pounds
Max. Speed 746 mph
Service Ceiling 55,000 feet
Range 403 miles
Engines One Rolls-Royce Pegasus 11 Mk. 103 turbofan with 21,500 pounds of thrust
Crew 1