Remember the privately owned ex-Royal Navy Sea Harrier that had to make an emergency vertical landing on only its second flight after being restored for the US airshow circuit? Well Elyse Moody of Overhaul & Maintenance magazine has an update on owner and pilot Art Nalls’ efforts to get the beast back in the air.
I recommend you watch the video of the November 2007 emergency landing on Nalls’ website – it’s a pretty impressive achievement for someone who had not flown a Harrier for 18 years. The problem was a hydraulic failure, and the nosegear collapsed on touchdown. After some airframe repairs, the team is ready to attach the new radome and is waiting on parts to rebuild the hydraulic system. Fingers crossed, we should see the Shar on show circuit.