Hobby Master HA2613 RAF Harrier GR.9 Jump Jet - ZG506 Final Flight, RAF Cottesmore, England, Harrier Disbandment 2010 (1:72 Scale)
"In the future, war will be waged essentially against the unarmed populations of the cities and great industrial centers."
- Italian General Giulio Douhet
The AV-8B Harrier II is a second generation vertical short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) aircraft based on the original British Harrier design of the late 1960's. Combining tactical mobility, responsiveness, reduced operating cost, and basing flexibility -- both afloat and ashore -- V/STOL aircraft are well-suited to the special combat and expeditionary requirements of the US Marine Corps.
The primary mission of the AV-8B Harrier II is to provide close air support to ground forces. Secondary missions include short range interdiction, fighter escort, deck launched interception, and combat air patrol (CAP).
After completing operational evaluation trials in March 1985, the USMC AV-8B Harrier II was formally approved for full production some six months later. A two-seat training version was introduced in 1987 and a night attack version entered service in late 1989.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a RAF Harrier GR.9 jump jet deployed to Cottesmore, England, on its final flight. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 5 inches
Length: 7.75 inches
Release Date: June 2011
Historical Account: "Up, Up and Away" - The British Joint Force Harriers made their final flight on December 16th, 2010, before being retired from service. To mark the occasion, four Harriers were given special commemorative markings. The Force Commander's Harrier wore a special paint scheme marking the years this type of aircraft had been in service, replicating the original scheme used by RAF Harriers upon first entering service in 1969.