The first generation Harrier was developed by Hawker Siddeley as a VTOL fighter in the nineteen sixties. Based on that design, an almost new aircraft was developed, e.g. second generation. Developed in conjunction with the American McDonnell, the AV-8B series emerged. Later on, this was further developed with a whole new series.

The BAE Systems/Boeing Harrier II (GR5, GR7, and GR9 series) is a second generation vertical/short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) jet aircraft used by the UK's Royal Air Force (RAF) and, since 2006 the Royal Navy. It was developed mid  nineteen eighties from the earlier Hawker Siddeley Harrier and is closely related to the U.S.-built AV-8B Harrier II. The Harrier II was primarily used for light attack or multi-role tasks. The US Marines Corps aircraft are also often operated from small helicopter carriers.



RAF Harrier II of version GR.7 with code "ZD465" was delivered in 1992. This aircraft seen at Leeuwarden AFB, The Netherlands. It was brought to GR.9 standard in 2008 and put out of service end 2010.

Photographed, July 2008 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright!

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RAF Harrier T.10

This two seat Harrier T.10 of the Royal Air Force is also of the second generation. This aircraft "ZH657 / 105" was seen at the International Air Tattoo at Fairford (U.K) in the mid nineties. It was later converted to T.12 standard and flown until end 2010.

Photographed by Meindert de Vreeze (C) Copyright!

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Many models in plastic have been issued for the modeller.

Look at our IPMS NL SPECIAL page for models and drawings about the Harrier and AV-8B / GR.7


This walk around page was first created February 2012 by M. de Vreeze