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HA2650 GR.7A Harrier "Michelle" ZD437, 1 Sqn., RAF, Afghanistan 2007

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.

“Operation Herrick” was the British name for their participation in the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) that took place in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2014 with Harriers joining the operation in 2004 until 2010. The Harriers from the RAF and the RN Fleet Air Arm combined to form Joint Force Harrier (JFH) and flew in pairs in support of British ground forces as well as other NATO troops.
Harrier GR7A ZD404 was named Lucy and ZD437 was named Michelle after a morale boosting visit from The Sun tabloid Page 3 models Lucy Pinder and Michelle Marsh.

Specifications (Harrier GR7)
Crew – 1
Length – 46 ft 4 in (14.12 m)
Wingspan – 30 ft 4 in (9.25 m)
Height – 11 ft 8 in (3.56 m)
Empty – 12,500 lb (5,700 kg)
Maximum Take-Off
VTO - 18,950 lb (8,595 kg)
STO – 31,000 lb (14,061 kg)
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)
Guns – 2 X 25 mm ADEN Cannon Pods Under Fuselage
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
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
2 X Auxiliary Drop Tanks Or Reconnaissance Pods