Armour Collection B11E121 Spanish Harrier Jump Jet - Ejercito del Aire (1:48 Scale)
"Obsolete weapons do not deter."
- British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
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 spectacular limited edition 1:48 scale diecast replica of a Spanish Harrier jump jet. Only 480 pieces produced.
Release Date: December 2006
Historical Account: "The Reign in Spain" - The Spanish Air Force (Spanish: Ejercito del Aire; literally, "Army of the Air") is the air force of the Spain. Although spanish military aviation started with a balloon force in 1896, the current Ejercito del Aire (EdA) was not formed until 1939 at the end of the Spanish Civil War as a successor to the Nationalist Air Force. Links were established in the 1950s with the United States and the organisation and equipment was modernised in the 1970s to prepare Spain's membership of NATO in 1983. The EdA is currently replacing older aircraft in the inventory including the introduction of the Eurofighter Typhoon and an order for the Airbus A400M airlifter.