The Harrier is always a crowd pleaser. Although it is no longer is active service with the British armed forces, it is still used by the Airforce and Navy of other countries. The two that were used for display at the Farnborough International Airshow are in service with the Spanish Navy.
The Harrier is a VSTOL aircraft – Vertical, Short, Take off, Landing, and this means that it can adjust its exhaust (vector) nozzles so that it can take off vertically or with an increased trajectory so that it doesn’t need to roll down a long runway. These are especially useful for landing in areas where there is no runway or a shorter runway is in use, such as on an aircraft carrier or in a jungle.
Adjusting the vectoring nozzles whilst in flight gives the Harrier some unique aerial skills and maneuverability. These were an important contributing factor during the Falklands war.
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