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    Harrier Farewell - 15th December 2010

    There are lots of ex-forces folks on here, and even if not you'll know that the Harrier had its formal last ever flights today, so here is my tribute to a fine machine, and all those who've operated her over the years, precisely the same amount of time as I've been on this earth as it happens!

    The weather was awful, but it kind of suited my mood, and many of the other people at Cottesmore today I'm sure.

    Taxi out for the final flight;

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    Some Takeoffs;

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    Some Final Landings (showing how wet it was!);

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    Final Taxi's;

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    Master of Ceremonies;

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    Awaiting their fate;

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    A sad day, but the base did the Harrier proud I think. I must have got a bit of grit in my eye at one point... :(

    (Apologies for all the pics!)

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    Re: Harrier Farewell - 15th December 2010

    Bloody gorgeous shots Tooks, you've captured an excellent record of a significant day in British aviation history there. Thanks very much for posting them - each and every one!

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    Re: Harrier Farewell - 15th December 2010

    Brilliant thanks for those!

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    Re: Harrier Farewell - 15th December 2010

    Brilliant post, a real sad day for Britain though IMHO :wink: Hey ho we can't live in the past :cry:
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    Re: Harrier Farewell - 15th December 2010

    A sad day indeed.

    Once upon a time, in different life, the Harriers provided the only air cover available to us in the South Atlantic. We couldn't have done it without them.

    A truly great British icon.

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    Re: Harrier Farewell - 15th December 2010

    Sad day :(

    Iconic aircraft that revolutionised air combat.
    When you look long into an abyss, the abyss looks long into you.........

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    Re: Harrier Farewell - 15th December 2010

    A great plane, and lovely shots!

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    Re: Harrier Farewell - 15th December 2010

    Fantastic pics and thanks very much for posting :salute:

    From what I've heard the rain covered up quite a few misty eyes today and I'm not surprised. The Harrier is one of our all time greats and something that we can be truly proud about and that'll be sorely missed.

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    Re: Harrier Farewell - 15th December 2010

    very good shots.
    will the be sold on do you know?

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    Re: Harrier Farewell - 15th December 2010

    Great shots but a sad day.

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    Re: Harrier Farewell - 15th December 2010

    Great shots - really sorry to see these taken out of service :(

    Never got tired of seeing the Harrier hovering and hearing that distinctive Pegasus engine :)

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    Re: Harrier Farewell - 15th December 2010

    Great pictures. Shame that thay have to go. I would like to think in a few years someone might finally see the folly of all of this, but sadly I don't think anyone will ever admit the mistake.

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    Re: Harrier Farewell - 15th December 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by soapy
    very good shots.
    will the be sold on do you know?
    Thanks for the comments guys.

    Sadly, the subject of whether they'll be sold doesn't have a big chance of being a happy ending.

    A lot of the avionics on the current aircraft aren't British, some of it is American, and understandably the list of buyers who both ourselves and the Americans would be happy to sell it to is pretty small. The other NATO countries who fly the Harrier (Spain/Italy) aren't really in the market to buy anything and the Amrricans themselves are replacing theirs with Joint Strike Fighter.

    The cost of removing the 'secret stuff' before any sale, but more importantly the cost of sourcing and refitting alternative kit by any buyer may be prohibitive.

    After a period of indefinite storage, I think it will be museums for a lucky few, and the chop for the rest.

    There are no plans to keep one flying either as far as I know. :(

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    Re: Harrier Farewell - 15th December 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by Tooks
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    There are no plans to keep one flying either as far as I know. :(
    That really is a great shame... :( :(

    Thanks for the photo's and an interesting, if sad, post. :)

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    Re: Harrier Farewell - 15th December 2010

    Great pictures but what a sad day makes Me want to jump into a Harrier and aim some Maverick 65s at 10-11 Downing street.

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    Re: Harrier Farewell - 15th December 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by Boeingdriver
    Great pictures but what a sad day makes Me want to jump into a Harrier and aim some Maverick 65s at 10-11 Downing street.
    Hey! Join the queue!! :twisted: :evil: :lol:

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    Re: Harrier Farewell - 15th December 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by Tooks
    Quote Originally Posted by Boeingdriver
    Great pictures but what a sad day makes Me want to jump into a Harrier and aim some Maverick 65s at 10-11 Downing street.
    Hey! Join the queue!! :twisted: :evil: :lol:
    Admirable sentiments but you would be targeting the wrong people.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-11985266

    http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/d ... 846031.ece

    Anyway, this place is for photography, the Bear Pit is for politics...

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    Re: Harrier Farewell - 15th December 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by IANAN
    Quote Originally Posted by Tooks
    Quote Originally Posted by Boeingdriver
    Great pictures but what a sad day makes Me want to jump into a Harrier and aim some Maverick 65s at 10-11 Downing street.
    Hey! Join the queue!! :twisted: :evil: :lol:
    Admirable sentiments but you would be targeting the wrong people.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-11985266

    http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/d ... 846031.ece

    Anyway, this place is for photography, the Bear Pit is for politics...
    I know all that, but we can dream can't we?! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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