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HA4103 British Sea Harrier FA.2 ZH799 No. 801 Naval Air Sqn. RNAS Yeovilton during 1999/2000

The BAe Sea Harrier FRS1 first entered service with the Royal Navy in April 1980. The aircraft is a naval VTOL/VSTOL jet fighter designed for reconnaissance and attack roles. In 1993 an improved variant of the Sea Harrier was produced as the FA.2 with a more powerful engine, improved air-to-air capabilities and weapons options. The FA.2 was produced until 1998 and continued in service until 2006 when it was replaced by the Harrier GR9. 56 FA.2 Sea Harriers were produced for the Royal Navy.

The 801 NAS was formed in 1933 as a Fleet Air Arm squadron of the Royal Navy. The 801 NAS took part in the fighting during WWII, the Korean War and the Falklands War. ZH799 was delivered to the Royal Navy on March 19, 1996 and after only 6 years of service was retired to St. Athan on May 16 2002 for storage. The aircraft eventually found its way to the Bentwaters’ Cold War Museum in 2005 where it is on display.

Specifications for the Sea Harrier FA.2
Crew – 1 X pilot
Dimensions
Length – 46 ft. 6 in. (14.2 m)
Wingspan – 25 ft. 3 in. (7.6 m)
Height – 12 ft. 2 in. (3.71 m)
Wing Area – 201.1 ft². (18.68 m²)
Performance
Power Plant – 1 X Rolls-Royce Pegasus turbofan producing 21,500 lbf (95.64 kN)
Maximum Speed – 735 mph (635 kt. / 1,182 km/h)
Combat Radius – 620 mi. (540 nmi. / 1,000 km)
Ferry Range – 2,000 mi. (1,740 nmi. / 3,600 km)
Service Ceiling – 51,000 ft. (16,000 m)
Rate Of Climb – 50,000 ft./min. (250 m/s)
Weights
Empty – 14,052 lb. (6,374 kg)
Maximum Take-Off – 26,200 lb. (11,900 kg)
Armament
Guns – 2 X 30 mm (1.18 in.) ADEN cannon pods under the fuselage – 130 rounds each
Hardpoints
2 X auxiliary drop tanks for ferry flight or extended range/loitering time
4 X under-wing pylons
1 X fuselage center-line pylon + 2 X attach points for gun pods capable of carrying 8,000 lb (3,630 kg)
Rockets – 4 X Mantra rocket pods capable of carrying 18 X SNEB 68 mm rockets each
Missiles
Air-To-Air
AIM-9 Sidewinder missile
AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile) (pronounced "am-ram")
Air-To-Surface
ALARM (ARM) anti-radiation missile
Martel (ARM) anti-radiation missile
Anti-ship
Sea Eagle missile
Bombs
Numerous types of unguided bombs