The Harrier is one of the most extraordinary and recognizable fighter aircraft in the world. Built to support troops on the ground and intercept and attack enemy aircraft and helicopters over the battlefield, the single-man light fighter currently flies with the United States Marine Corps, the British Royal Air Force, and the Spanish and Italian navies.
The trait that makes the Harrier unique from other U.S. airplanes is that it can take off and land vertically. The Harrier accomplishes this amazing flying feat by directing thrust from the engine through four swiveling nozzles located on the fighter's belly. Sometimes called a "jump jet," the Harrier can operate from short fields, the decks of ships, or even roadways located close to the fighting.
This Harrier flew with Marine Attack Squadron 542 before it was retired and loaned to The Museum of Flight.
This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation at Pensacola, Florida.