Hawker Siddeley TAV-8A Harrier

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Hawker Siddeley
Markings
VMAT-203, USS Roosevelt, 1976
Designation
TAV-8A
Serial Number
159382

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.

Specifications
Wingspan 25 feet 3 inches
Length 55 feet 9 inches
Height 13 feet 8 inches
Weight 21,150 lbs
Max. Speed 730 mph
Service Ceiling 50,000 feet
Range 260 miles
Engines One Rolls-Royce F402-RR-103 Pegasus
Crew 2