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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USAF Eagle engines with a combined total of 44,000 lbs of thrust
The Red Arrows Aerobatics Display Team
Always a crowd pleaser. Here there are a full compliment of 10 Red Arrows. The 10th is a reserve aircraft encase one of the 9 fails it’s pre flight test, there is also a reserve pilot. Currently the Red Arrows are only completing fly pasts rather than aerobatics following an accident that they had over the past couple of years, and the tragic Shoreham air disaster in 2015. A Hawker Hunter crashed into a road during its display, with the tragic loss of life of 11 people.