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The Harrier is a family of jet-powered attack subsonic aircraft capable of V/STOL operations. It was conceived to operate from improvised bases, such as car parks or forest clearings, without requiring large and vulnerable air bases. Later, the design was adapted for use from aircraft carriers.

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How does the Harrier avoid engine damage when operating from dirt fields?

The Harrier V/STOVL jet was designed in order for its users to be able to retain a functional air force even with all conventional airports destroyed; to this end, it can take off from, and land in, ...
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Why does the US Marine Corps fly the Harrier, a VTOL or operationally STOVL aircraft?

The UK flies the Harrier because they have STOBAR carriers, but why does the United States Marine Corps fly the Harrier?
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How many Harriers crashed at or near MCAS Cherry Point?

When I was stationed at MCAS Cherry Point in the last 1970's we had a Harrier flip over and crash while practicing at the hover pad. It took off in the direction of our large hangar and thankfully ...
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What is the difference in VTOL technology between British Aerospace Harrier II and F-35B?

F-35B safer and looks more stable in terms of VTOL capability. What is the basic difference between Harrier II and F-35B's VTOL technology?
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What are the extra wheels for on the Harrier series? [duplicate]

On the Harrier series, what are the landing gears on the end of its wings for?
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Why does the Harrier jet have four landing gears?

I was looking at pictures of Harrier jets and I noticed something. They have four landing gears. That seems pretty unusual for a fighter jet - most have only 3 in a triangle formation. What is the ...