Vertical Dreams

The Hawker Harrier At 50



(Matt Hale)
The first AV-8Bs entered U.S. Marine Corps service in January 1985 when VMA-331 retired its A-4 Skyhawks. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, Britain was also preparing to introduce its own version of this second-generation Harrier. The TAV-8B is essentially a standard B-Model with a redesigned nose section, accommodating a second raised cockpit and a slightly larger fin area. The fuselage was also increased in length by some 3 feet, 11 inches, and this made an extended tail boom unnecessary. (TAV-8B layout diagram.)

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