Manufacturer : Hawker Siddeley
The Hawker Siddeley Harrier, Vertical Take off Royal Air Force and Royal Navy ground attack fighter. with a maximum speed of 737mph and a ceiling of over 50,000 feet. range of 260 miles. The Harriers armament consisted of two 30mm Aden guns and up to 5000 lb of bombs, Rockets or other armaments under the wings. The Worlds First vertical take off and landing combat aircraft the Hawker Siddeley Harriers first arrived with No. 1 squadron Royal Air Force in July 1969. and with a variety of modifications and changes (Harrier GR 1, Harrier T2, Harrier GR3 and finally the British Aerospace Sea Harrier FRG1) The Sea Harrier commenced trials in 1977. The Fleet Air Arm received their first harriers just in time for the Falklands Conflict.
Harrier Artwork Collection
Harrier GR.9 by Ivan Berryman.
Action Over San Carlos by Geoff Lea.
Harrier in a Hyde by Geoff Lea.
Airstrike over West Falklands by Robert Taylor.
Sea Harriers by Robert Taylor.
For Real by Robert Tomlin.
Fighter Recovery by Robert Tomlin.
Now and Then by Peter Westacott.
Harrier GR7 of No.20(R) Sqn by G Henderson.
Harrier GR7 of No.20(R) Squadron by D Mahoney.
Snow Harrier by Michael Turner.
Gauntlet by Michael Rondot.
Night Attack by Michael Rondot.
Harrier by Colin Walker.
GR3 Field Trip by Stuart Brown.
Harried Argentineans by Stan Stokes.
|Squadrons for : Harrier|
|A list of all squadrons from known to have used this aircraft. A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.|
Country : UK
Founded : 13th May 1912
Tertius primus erit - The Third shall be first
|No.3 Sqn RAF|
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|Signatures for : Harrier|
|A list of all signatures from our database who are associated with this aircraft. A profile page is available by clicking their name.|
Click the name above to see prints signed by Flight Lieutenant Ray Coates
| Flight Lieutenant Ray Coates |
Ray Coates was awarded an RAF Flying Scholarship and subsequently joined the RAF in 1974. Following flying training he was selected to become a first tour Flying Instructor and during that time he won the coveted Wright Jubilee Competition - the youngest pilot to do so. In 1980 he joined No 3(F) SQN flying the Harrier in RAF Germany, becoming the Squadrons Qualified Flying Instructor and Instrument Rating Examiner and flying operationally in Germany, Sardinia, Belize and the Falklands. He was then posted to the Harrier Operational Conversion Unit (233 OCU) as an Instructor and was the Harrier display pilot during 1986/7. After completing his RAF career he joined British Airways, and retired as a Captain on the Boeing 747-400.
Click the name or photo above to see prints signed by John Farley OBE
| John Farley OBE |
John Farley is a well known test pilot who has flown all versions of the Harrier family. After an engineering apprenticeship at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough in 1950, he joined the RAF for pilot training. He completed a tour flying Hunters, and after a time as flying instructor at Cranwell, he joined the Empire Test Pilots School at RAE Bedford. As project test pilot on the P1127 in 1964, he started what was to become 19 years of Harrier test flying. In his career he has flown over 80 types of aircraft and in 1990 became the first western pilot invited to fly the Russian Mig-29.
Click the name above to see prints signed by Squadron Leader Phil Grice
| Squadron Leader Phil Grice |
Phil Grice joined the RAF after graduating from Cambridge University and after completing flying training was posted to RAF Binbrook where he flew the Lightning with 5 and 11 Squadrons and became a Lightning Weapons Instructors. He was subsequently posted to the Harrier force joining 1(F) Fighter Sqn at RAF Wittering and becoming a Harrier Qualified Weapons Instructor and flying operationally in Norway, Canada, Belize, and on detachment at Port Stanley. He was then posted to Harrier conversion Unit (233 OCU) as a Weapons Instructor before completing his RAF career as Officer Commanding Standards (Harrier). Upon leaving the RAF he joined British Airways where he flew the Boeing 747 and 777
Click the name above to see prints signed by Group Captain Bob Iveson AFC
| Group Captain Bob Iveson AFC |
Serving with 1 Squadron as Harrier Flight Commander during the Falklands War, he led the first low-level attacks against the runway at Port Stanley. He was later shot down by Argentine Forces but ejected before the plane impacted and survived. He was picked up by helicopter three days later, having evaded capture and was subsequently awarded the RAF Escaping Trophy. He subsequently led 617 Sqn through the first Gulf War.
Click the name above to see prints signed by Squadron Leader Carl Spike Jepson
| Squadron Leader Carl Spike Jepson |
Red Arrows Team Leader. Red I. Squadron Leader Carl Spike Jepson took command of the Red Arrows in November 2001. He joined the RAF in 1983 and his first front-line tour was on the Harrier GR3 with 1(F) Squadron, participating in exercises in Norway, Denmark and the USA. Sqn. Ldr. Jepson was selected for The Red Arrows in 1994. He was then posted to Dharan in Saudi Arabia where he trained the Royal Saudia Air Force Aerobatic Team from scratch. On his return to the UK, Sqn. Ldr. Jepson was once again posted to fly the Harrier and, amongst other things flew peacekeeping missions over the Balkans and operated from HMS Illustrious. He served as Flight Commander on 3(F) Squadron, RAF Cottesmore before taking command of the Red Arrows.
Click the name above to see prints signed by Air Vice-Marshal Eric Macey
| Air Vice-Marshal Eric Macey |
Eric Macey joined the RAF in 1954 and, after graduating as a pilot, flew Hunter fighters with 263 and 1 Sqns. He next joined the rapidly-expanding V-Force, initially flying Valiants of 214 Sqn on in-flight refuelling trials, and completed the first non-stop flight to Singapore. Then followed a Vulcan captaincy with 101 Sqn on which, over the next several years, he served as Sqn Pilot, Training Officer and Sqn Cdr (and which formed part of his Wing when he was OC Waddington). Between times, he was Chief Instructor of the Vulcan OCU at Scampton and, for a short time, also Stn Cdr there. Posted to Germany in 1979, he flew the Wessex, Puma, Jaguar, Phantom and Harrier and later served as AOC (of the University Air Squadrons) and Commandant of the RAF College Cranwell where he re-qualified on the Jet Provost. His final tour as Director-General Training added another 15 aircraft types bringing his total flying hours to about 3400 (1900 on the Vulcan) and total types flown to 60.
Click the name above to see prints signed by Hugh Merewether OBE
| Hugh Merewether OBE |
Born in South Africa, he joined the South African Navy during WWII and after secondment to the Royal Navy was taught to fly by the US Navy in 1944. From 1948 to 1953 he worked under Sir Barnes Wallis at Vickers Armstrong in research and development and during this time flew with 615 Squadron on Meteors. After spending a year as a freelance pilot he joined Hawker as a test pilot in 1954 where his aeronautical engineering background led to development flying of the Hunter. He had a deep involvement in a comprehensive inverted spinning programme and all aspects of the Hunter development. In 1967 he became Chief Test Pilot at Hawker and worked extensively on the P.1127 and its derivatives, the Kestrel and the Harrier. Awarded a Queens Commendation in 1963 and OBE in 1965 he retired in 1970.
Click the name above to see prints signed by Flight Lieuteant Martin Sharman
| Flight Lieuteant Martin Sharman |
Martin Sharman was awarded an RAF Flying Scholarship and subsequently joined the RAF in 1970. Following flying training he flew operational tours on the Vulcan and Victor. In 1980 he became a qualified instructor and instrument rating examiner on the Jet Provost. After 18 months he was selected to fly the Hawk as an instructor and instrument rating examiner. He then moved to No 3(F) SQN flying the Harrier in RAF Germany, becoming the Squadrons Qualified Flying Instructor and Instrument Rating Examiner and flying operationally in Germany, Sardinia and Belize. He was then posted to the Harrier Operational Conversion Unit (233 OCU) as an Instructor. After completing his RAF career he joined British Airways and also displayed the Duxford based Catalina, he is currently a Captain on the Boeing 747-400.
Click the name above to see prints signed by Duncan Simpson OBE
| Duncan Simpson OBE |
Educated at the De Havilland Aeronautical Technical School he joined the RAF in 1949 and completed a tour with 222 Squadron. He then served with the Central Fighter Establishment flying Vampires, Meteors, Venoms, Swifts, Sabres and Hunters. Joining Hawker Aircraft Ltd as a test pilot in 1954 he became involved in development and production test flying of the Hunter. From 1964 he was part of the P.1127 Kestrel - Harrier Squadron and became responsible for the conversion of the Kestrel Tripartite Evaluation Programme pilots. In 1969 he repeated this with the first RAF Harrier training team. Awarded the Queens Commendation in 1969 he became Hawker Chief Test Pilot in 1970 and continued on the Harrier dvelopment, making the first flight in the Hawk aircraft in 1974. Retiring from flying in 1978 he became Deputy Director of the Society of British Aerospace Companies until he finally retired in 1992.
Click the name or photo above to see prints signed by Air Marshal Sir Peter Squire DFC AFC
| Air Marshal Sir Peter Squire DFC AFC |
Air Marshal Sir Peter Squire began his operational flying with No. 20 Squadron flying Hunters in Singapore. He became an instructor on the Hunter before flying Gnats as a member of the Red Arrows; later returning to operational flying on the Harrier. In 1981 he took command of No. 1 Squadron at RAF Wittering and during the Falklands conflict, led the Squadron into action for which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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