Tue, Apr 13, 2004
Jump Jet Returns To AirVenture
The Marine Corps AV-8B "Harrier II" jump jet, the unique fighter
aircraft that features vertical takeoff ability, will appear at EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh 2004, making demonstration flights during the
EAA's 52nd annual fly-in, scheduled for July 27-August 2 at Wittman
Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
The Harrier is scheduled to appear for several days during EAA
AirVenture and fly its popular demonstrations during the afternoon
air show Friday through Sunday, July 30-August 1.
The McDonnell Douglas
AV-8B Harrier II is designed for combat air support, as well as
combat air patrol, missions against ground defenses and armed
escort. The one-seat fighter is 46 feet long with a wingspan
of just over 30 feet. It can reach speeds to just slightly
below the sound barrier (transonic) and has radar systems similar
to those found in F/A-18 fighter jets.
The Marines first deployed the Harrier II in 1985, with the
upgraded AV-8BII Plus model introduced in 1993. The aircraft
is the latest descendant of the original British Harrier jump jet
that first appeared in the early 1960s.
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