VAAC Harrier XW175

Earlier this year Jet Art Aviation acquired XW175, also known as the VAAC Harrier. For any AV geek this aircraft needs no introduction. For those of you needing some VSTOL education here is a brief resumé. This aircraft is a significant benchmark airframe with the following claims to fame:

  • Oldest 2-seater Harrier in existence

  • Longest serving Harrier ever; 1969 to 2008 last flight: Staggering 40 years service

  • The last fixed-wing aircraft to launch from HMS Invincible

  • First Harrier to achieve more than 100 ski jump ramp launches

  • Only surviving example of a development batch two seat V/STOL ground attack and reconnaissance fighter/trainer. Built to specification: SR(A)386

  • First 2 seat Harrier to take off from a ski jump launch ramp in August 1977

  • Flown by great test pilots such as John Farley and Justin Paines

  • Only Fly-By-Wire Harrier ever

  • Cutting edge research aircraft used for trial supporting Joint Strike Force (JSF) and other platforms

  • In July 2019 it celebrated its 50th birthday

NB: All sensitive trials equipment has been removed from the aircraft, as well as items of US origin. This has reverted the aircraft back to all British spec designated as Harrier T4A.

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Aeroplane Magazine VAAC Special  (1)
Aviation Week Cover 1996
Flight International Cover 1994
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