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Offline AeroplaneDriver

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US Navy AV-8A Harrier, USS Independence, 1975
« on: May 28, 2020, 11:04:01 pm »
Here is my USN AV-8A from VA-106 aboard USS Independence in 1975. After the USMC were impressed with their evaluation of the RAF’s new Harrier the USN and USAF both jumped on the bandwagon and tried it out.  Both were impressed but the Air Force passed on the aircraft, at the time being focused on large, supersonic platforms.  The Navy on the other hand looked back at the still relatively recent USS Forestall fire and saw an advantage in an air wing containing an element that could operate from a fouled deck. 

The USMC ordered Harriers in 1969 and not long after the Navy placed a follow on order for 178 single seat AV-8As and 18 two seat TAV-8As.  As delivered the Navy Harriers were identical to Marine veesions but over time the Navy fleet gained more capabilites with more advanced navigation and targeting avionics and the ability to carry Shrike and Maverick missiles.   

This aircraft is pictured with a typical strike load of two Mk83 1,000lb bombs and drop tanks painted in VA-106 colors.  More info and pics from the build in the main Aircraft page.









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Re: US Navy AV-8A Harrier, USS Independence, 1975
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2020, 12:10:47 am »
That's pretty!  :thumbsup:

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Re: US Navy AV-8A Harrier, USS Independence, 1975
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2020, 04:48:35 am »
I really like that!

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Re: US Navy AV-8A Harrier, USS Independence, 1975
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2020, 03:20:31 pm »
Very smart!

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Re: US Navy AV-8A Harrier, USS Independence, 1975
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2020, 03:25:57 pm »
Wow, she's a beaute! I really like how the blue accents pop  :thumbsup:

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Re: US Navy AV-8A Harrier, USS Independence, 1975
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2020, 03:53:08 pm »
Colour scheme does pop  :lol:

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Re: US Navy AV-8A Harrier, USS Independence, 1975
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2020, 03:49:48 am »
Mr ApD is making me feel rather inadequate, right about now. :-\


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Re: US Navy AV-8A Harrier, USS Independence, 1975
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2020, 04:23:26 am »
Nicely done. :thumbsup:
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