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Joined: March 3rd, 2005, 1:36 am

November 17th, 2011, 6:08 am #1

Not sure if this has been posted yet (apologies if it has):

http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i= ... =EUR&s=AIR
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/ ... -jets.html
http://www.navytimes.com/news/2011/11/n ... s-111311w/

This should make for some neat modeling: USMC pilots and gear on Brit Harriers in US markings. although the article isn't specific, I take it to mean that the USMC will be getting Sea Harriers as well as the RAF version. GR.9s are mentioned, as well as Royal Navy Harriers but no specific RN mark numbers are given so perhaps I'm misreading things somewhat. Regardless, it'll be fun to model Harriers in the near future!

Robert
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Joined: March 6th, 2005, 3:23 am

November 17th, 2011, 7:08 am #2

from the story, It looks like they are buying GR.9/9A's, but I don't know if they built that many GR.9/9A's.
Here's the link
http://www.navytimes.com/news/2011/11/n ... s-111311w/
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Joined: January 17th, 2003, 8:40 pm

November 17th, 2011, 1:59 pm #3

Not sure if this has been posted yet (apologies if it has):

http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i= ... =EUR&s=AIR
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/ ... -jets.html
http://www.navytimes.com/news/2011/11/n ... s-111311w/

This should make for some neat modeling: USMC pilots and gear on Brit Harriers in US markings. although the article isn't specific, I take it to mean that the USMC will be getting Sea Harriers as well as the RAF version. GR.9s are mentioned, as well as Royal Navy Harriers but no specific RN mark numbers are given so perhaps I'm misreading things somewhat. Regardless, it'll be fun to model Harriers in the near future!

Robert
... they have been decommissioned long ago. Given that GRs were operating as a mixed RAF/RN force, the news may well make reference to this fact. On the other hand, it is a perfectly sensible idea, a number of ready made, operative machines with a high degree of compatability with those already in use.
Fernando
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Joined: January 16th, 2010, 6:51 pm

November 17th, 2011, 11:33 pm #4

Not sure if this has been posted yet (apologies if it has):

http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i= ... =EUR&s=AIR
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/ ... -jets.html
http://www.navytimes.com/news/2011/11/n ... s-111311w/

This should make for some neat modeling: USMC pilots and gear on Brit Harriers in US markings. although the article isn't specific, I take it to mean that the USMC will be getting Sea Harriers as well as the RAF version. GR.9s are mentioned, as well as Royal Navy Harriers but no specific RN mark numbers are given so perhaps I'm misreading things somewhat. Regardless, it'll be fun to model Harriers in the near future!

Robert
and now we have nothing!

Was at RAF Cottesmore in summer 2007 when they were upgrading from GR7 to GR9.
Heck, I even took some pics of one in the paintshop.

Good government policy, lets spend billions on upgrade programmes - Harrier, Nimrod - then a couple of years down the line get rid of the lot. And lets chop the Nimrods up so we can't change our minds later.

Crikey, at this rate the only RAF aircraft left will be in museums!

Gripe over.

Regards
John
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Joined: March 3rd, 2005, 1:36 am

November 18th, 2011, 1:06 am #5

As an inveterate Colonial, I do mourn the apparent demise of Her Majesty's armed forces. Your nation's military history is one to be remembered with pride. The actions of your politicians are to be decried.

Having said that, our lot isn't much better!
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Joined: April 20th, 2005, 3:54 am

November 18th, 2011, 3:36 am #6

Not sure if this has been posted yet (apologies if it has):

http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i= ... =EUR&s=AIR
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/ ... -jets.html
http://www.navytimes.com/news/2011/11/n ... s-111311w/

This should make for some neat modeling: USMC pilots and gear on Brit Harriers in US markings. although the article isn't specific, I take it to mean that the USMC will be getting Sea Harriers as well as the RAF version. GR.9s are mentioned, as well as Royal Navy Harriers but no specific RN mark numbers are given so perhaps I'm misreading things somewhat. Regardless, it'll be fun to model Harriers in the near future!

Robert
Glad they're not getting scrapped.

I have friends cycling thru their all expenses paid holiday in a dusty/muddy roasting/freezing land and they are grateful for the USMC CAS from their AV-8Bs. Hoping this buy will see that sustained.
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Joined: March 10th, 2005, 1:04 am

November 18th, 2011, 4:50 am #7

Not sure if this has been posted yet (apologies if it has):

http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i= ... =EUR&s=AIR
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/ ... -jets.html
http://www.navytimes.com/news/2011/11/n ... s-111311w/

This should make for some neat modeling: USMC pilots and gear on Brit Harriers in US markings. although the article isn't specific, I take it to mean that the USMC will be getting Sea Harriers as well as the RAF version. GR.9s are mentioned, as well as Royal Navy Harriers but no specific RN mark numbers are given so perhaps I'm misreading things somewhat. Regardless, it'll be fun to model Harriers in the near future!

Robert
I'm not sure the USMC will actually fly the former British jets, rather it sounds to me like they will part the aircraft out to keep current aircraft flying. But I'm just guessing. It would be interesting to model an RAF Harrier, then the exact same airframe in USMC markings.

Cheers,
Don
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Joined: April 20th, 2005, 3:54 am

November 18th, 2011, 8:06 am #8

The GR9 has an impressive record in Afghanistan and is cleared for CRV-7s, Paveway etc, not sure about Maverick but I suspect not.
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Joined: March 10th, 2005, 1:04 am

November 18th, 2011, 10:14 pm #9

Hi David,

You are right, some of those articles do express the USMC's desire to fly the GR.9s. I was going off an earlier article from Nov 13 that didn't have as much information--I should have read the links Robert provide, doh!

I'm glad that these Harriers won't be scrapped. I'm a huge RAF and RN fan and it pains me even as an American to see the British government scrapping so many very useful aircraft (Nimrod comes to mind). I don't understand whey they have to be scrapped instead of put in mothballs. I'm sure they could have worked out a deal to store them at Davis Monthan. Instead, some scrap dealer gets a few Pounds on the pound for what cost the UK taxpayers probably thousands of Pounds per pound (sorry, I don't have the Pound currency symbol on my keyboard).

Regards,
Don
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Joined: January 16th, 2010, 6:51 pm

November 18th, 2011, 11:43 pm #10

we could get some of the USMC Harriers to participate in our airshows, RAF Waddington springs to mind or RIAT. You know all the usual stuff I first saw with the GR1's back in the 1970's - bowing to the crowd, flying backwards - heck we could even get a few politicians to turn up and show them what the RAF used to have.

That apart, I'm glad they are going to be used by our allies and not end up in some scrapyard.

Happy hovering.

John
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