16 Harriers fly in formation for farewell

UK Harriers.jpg(Photo: Jamie Hunter/Aviacom)

Earlier this week the RAF rehearsed a farewell for the UK’s BAE Systems Harrier GR9/9A ground-attack aircraft.

Today’s farewell is to involve a 16-aircraft formation which will perform flypasts at the RAF‘s facilities at Wyton, Cranwell, Waddington, Scampton and Coningsby and also over Stamford, Lincoln and Oakham before returning to land at Cottesmore. The aircraft should take off from around 13:15 local time and land around 90min later, the Ministry of Defence says.

In total, 13 single-seat aircraft and three two-seat trainers were involved in rehearsal flights conducted earlier this week (photo above).

One of the aircraft has been painted in a retrospective colour scheme previously used with early RAF versions of the Harrier, as shown in this image from Aviacom photographer Jamie Hunter. Three others are shown with their tail fins painted to mark their operation by the RAF’s 1 and 4 squadrons, and by the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm’s 800 NAS. Read more..


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2 Responses to 16 Harriers fly in formation for farewell

  1. Rachel Walton 15 December, 2010 at 8:52 pm #

    Hundreds of Stamfordians took to our streets this afternoon to witness this final display of our fine aircraft but so so sadly and disappointingly, they failed to fly over the town they have been stationed so very close to for so many years.

  2. Craig Hoyle 18 December, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    Hi Rachel: I believe the formation also wasn’t able to fly over Lincoln as planned on the 15th, or do the 16-ship pass at Cottesmore, due to the poor weather conditions.
    I’ll bet that the retirement plan for 2018 wouldn’t have been set for this time of year, or put together with such little planning time. Thanks for that, Mr Cameron!

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