Hobby Master 1-72 Air Power
HA2628 Harrier GR.7 "Exercise Snow Falcon" ZG531, No1. Sqn., RAF, Norway 2004

The GR.7 series is part of the second generation of Harriers and replaced the older GR. 3. This variant is quite similar to the American designed AV-8B but is built under license and equipped with RAF specific navigation and defence systems and added under-wing pylons. The GR.7 is capable of carrying twice the load of the GR.3 or the same load twice as far. The GR.7 first flew in 1989 and entered service in 1990. Of the 96 GR.7 Harriers belonging to the RAF, 62 originally were GR.5s that were upgraded.

The Harrier GR.7 made its maiden flight in 1990. In 2004 seven Harriers from 1 Squadron and 4 Squadron were given a temporary arctic white and grey winter camouflage paint scheme so they could participate in “Exercise Snow Falcon” beginning on January 23 and taking place at Bardufoss, Norway. One of the aircraft from 1 Squadron was ZG531, built in 1991 C/N P85. This aircraft was in service until 2010 and eventually made its way to the bone yard at Davis-Monthan AFB in 2018.

Specifications (Harrier GR7)
Crew – 1
Dimensions
Length – 46 ft 4 in (14.12 m)
Wingspan – 30 ft 4 in (9.25 m)
Height – 11 ft 8 in (3.56 m)
Weight
Empty – 12,500 lb (5,700 kg)
Maximum Take-Off VTO - 18,950 lb (8,595 kg)
STO – 31,000 lb (14,061 kg)
Performance
Powerplant – 1 X Rolls-Royce Pegasus Mk. 105 Vectored Thrust Turbofan, 21,750 lb (96.7 kN)
Maximum Speed – 662 mph (1,065 km/h)
Combat Radius – 300 nmi (556 km)
Ferry Range – 2,015 mi (3,256 km)
Rate Of Climb – 14,715 ft/min (74.8 m/s)
Service Ceiling – 50,000 ft (15,170 m)
Armament
Guns – 2 X 25 mm ADEN Cannon Pods Under Fuselage
Hardpoints 8 X Under-Wing Pylon Capacity 8,000 lb (3,650 kg) Of Various Payloads Stations 1A and 7A Carry Air-To-Air Missiles Only Rockets 4 X LAU-5003 Pods Able To Carry (19 X CRV7 70 mm Rockets) Or 4 X Matra Pods (18 X SNEB 68 mm Rockets in each pod Missiles – 6 X AIM-9 Sidewinders Or $ X AGM-65 Maverick Or 2 X Auxiliary Drop Tanks Or Reconnaissance Pods