The Hawker P1127 was a British experimental and development aircraft that led to the Hawker Siddeley Harrier, the first vertical and/or short take-off and landing (V/STOL) jet fighter-bomber. Some 6 P1127 were built. Powered by a Bristol Sidelley Pegasus engine that has 4 rotating jet exhausts and also provides air to control valves. First free flight of the P1127 was November 19, 1960. The type evolved to the Kestrel and that later eventually to the Hawker Siddeley Harrier VTOL jet.

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This P1127 was one of the jets produced and has code XP980. This test aircraft was fitted with a later Gr.1 wing and is on display at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton (U.K). 

Photographed November 2023 by Meindert de Vreeze (C), Copyright IPMS Nederland

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Just a few plastic scale model kits of the P1127 were made. Classic is the old 1/72 Airfix P1127 kit from 1963. Decades later Heritage Aviation came with a resin kit. 

Also check out on this IPMS website the Harrier Special here... 

This walk around page was first published on April 2024 by M. de Vreeze;   note the Copyright!