Air International 2021-01
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A.Warnes - The day the Harrier died
Harriers on the flight line at RAF Cottesmore on December 15, 2010, the day a legend died
The three 41 (T&E) Sqn Harrier pilots prior to stepping into the aircraft at RAF Coningsby for the last time. From left: Sqn Ldr Steve Riley, Flt Lt Lee ‘Flash’ Gordon and Sqn Ldr Steve 'Raz' Berry. 'Raz' converted to the Tornado, then the Typhoon, and eventually became the OC of 41
Two weeks after the announcement to axe the Harrier, No 41 (R) Test and Evaluation Sqn lost its three Harrier GR9As. On November 4, 2010, they departed RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire for the last time
Flt Lt Richard 'Heapy' Heap lands a Harrier for the last time on the HMS ‘Ark Royal’ on November 19, 2010
Lt Chris ‘Casper’ Roy landing his Harrier GR9A on the deck of HMS 'Ark Royal', with his infamous 'For Sale' sign visible in the cockpit. He went on to fly AV-8Bs with the USMC at MCAS Yuma
The Harrier operational conversion unit 4 (R) Sqn stopped training pilots immediately after the announcement in December 2010. Instead, they practiced for the flypast at RAF Wittering with other Harrier pilots