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Harrier Jump Jet

Post by pbar » Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:47 am

Reading the latest Capri Club mag, there is a feature which mentions some of the things which happened as the Capri launched. The Harrier Jump Jet being one of them, introduced in 1969. Can't believe this was so long ago, I remember seeing it as a kid and being totally in awe of it, a fighter plane which takes off like a helicopter, what?!

It really was, and still is a thing of wizardry, but now 50 years old. Time really does fly, vertically in this case.

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Post by andyd » Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:18 am

:agree: Great plane, and as you say times flies....Even quicker the older you get :?

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Re: Harrier Jump Jet

Post by Jasonmarie » Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:54 am

50 years old were does time go , loved watching these at navy day in Chatham in the 70s
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Post by Caprifan Rob » Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:43 pm

I thought then, and still do that it’s the coolest fighter jet ever. Ford even named a fast :ford: after it :D One of my favourite Escorts.

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Post by Andrew 2.8i » Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:54 pm

Caprifan Rob wrote: Ford even named a fast :ford: after it :D One of my favourite Escorts.
I don't remember the Escort Jet, was it a good car? :whistle: :)

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Post by Caprifan Rob » Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:57 pm

Andrew 2.8i wrote:
Caprifan Rob wrote: Ford even named a fast :ford: after it :D One of my favourite Escorts.
I don't remember the Escort Jet, was it a good car? :whistle: :)

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Post by Bug » Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:38 pm

Certainly upset a few south americans, when they found out about 'viffing'.
Vectoring in forward flight.
So, lets say a erm, Mirage?, for example, got a Harrier in it's sights from behind.
All the Harrier pilot had to do was simply pull back on the nozzle control and his aircraft slowed, started to move upwards, then backwards and down behind the Mirage, at which point he simply pressed the button marked 'sidewinder' and the mirage became just that; something you imagined you saw. :)

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Post by pbar » Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:36 am

Nice little insight to the life of a Harrier pilot there Martin :)

The military really is at the very forefront of what humans can create and build, I mean, this incredible machine is from 50 years ago, it's still astounding now, the things we have built since are beyond what I can even think about.

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Post by Caprifan Rob » Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:15 pm

This little beauty celebrates its 50th year anniversary too. The pinnacle of passenger jets so far. ‘69 must have been a vintage year for engineering.
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Post by pbar » Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:24 am

Another icon of our time, shame they discontinued it.

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Re: Harrier Jump Jet

Post by Paul G » Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:44 am

Air travel went backwards 50 years when they grounded Concord. Modern aircraft aren't much if any faster than the VC10 or Boeing 707 were in the sixties and they're a darned sight less comfortable to fly in as well. (In economy at least).

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Post by Bug » Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:54 am

Paul G wrote:Air travel went backwards 50 years when they grounded Concord. Modern aircraft aren't much if any faster than the VC10 or Boeing 707 were in the sixties and they're a darned sight less comfortable to fly in as well. (In economy at least).
The VC10 was the fastest passenger aircraft before Concorde.

If a VC10 were brought back into service today, it would still be the fastest passenger aircraft.
But I guess it would use a fair bit more fuel :)

I'm currently authoring the manuals for the new 777X. The engines are huge, but are actually down-rated from the original 777 as the new composite wing makes the aircraft so much more aerodynamically efficient. The aircraft will be 10% more fuel efficient than the original!
And next time you happen to get on board a 737, just think, the GE9X on the 777X is a bigger diameter than the 737 fuselage.

Would still love to get back on a '10 though :)
The RAF installed the seats facing backwards as it is inherently safer in a crash (just that Joe Public doesn't like the idea). I reckon I've travelled further backwards than I have forwards.

Before you smart-arses chip in, the pilot still faced forwards :xd:

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Re: Harrier Jump Jet

Post by pbar » Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:06 am

Thank you Martin, that's very interesting, and backwards travelling, never considered that it would be safer. You had me looking up some of those aircraft.

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