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Harrier jump jet

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Harrier jump jet

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Harrier jump jet

The only jet fighter in the world capable of vertical takeoff and landing, the Jump Jet is a formidable weapon in the arsenals of the UK, the United States, India and Spain. Developed by Hawker Siddeley in the years following the second world war, it is powered by a single Rolls Royce Pegasus engine with four nozzles, which direct the thrust of the jet engine downwards so that it can achieve its remarkable flea-like takeoff. Introduced in the 1960s, it saw active service in the war to regain the Falkland Islands in 1982, when a sceptical military world was suddenly alerted to its invaluable manoeuvrability in combat. The Jump Jet is capable of operating at altitudes of 50,000 feet, and can attain speeds of well over 700mph. As an indispensable piece of modern aviation technology, it can certainly give the flapping ornithopter machines of the Victorian era, its earliest ancestors, a run for their money.


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Contrary to the mistaken image of England as anti-technological the history of post-war England shows a commitment to technology, notably aerospace. The most successful venture in this field is the Harrier jump jet, made for nearly fifty years and sold to the United States as well as other countries. The fundamental simplicity of the technology, allied to the effort to 'finesse' and develop the aircraft, typifies an English approach to technological development. The Harrier has also, as a military aircraft, contributed to most conflicts in the last 25 years, playing a key role in the Falklands. Finally, an icon needs to be recognisable, and the Harrier, with its hovering flight, is instantly recognisable by most people in England, as well as around the world.

Michael Pryce

Heck the Limey stole the idea from me in 1962...he was in my class and I sketched it. He went home to England, grew up and used the idea as his own...My dad worked in general dynamics in San Diego. Around the top secret " black bird".

The Harrier Jump jet is by far the coolest jet in the world. It may not match the Tornado or the Uero fighter, but it's the only jet which does not require a runway.

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I believe rice, peas and jerk chicken is an Icon of England.

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