Includes: FA-2 SEA HARRIER One of the most in-demand aircraft for airshow acts in the United States! There are many possible uses for this aircraft including: airshows, training, flight experiences, military contract work, advertising and promotional work. TMK-8 HARRIER Dual Controlled, Near Certification! GR-3 HARRIER Very Complete.
The world’s first and only privately-owned and flown Harrier of any kind. The aircraft has been a star attraction at airshows across North America for 13 years flying almost 200 hours.
Includes: FA-2 SEA HARRIER One of the most in-demand aircraft for airshow acts in the United States! There are many possible uses for this aircraft including: airshows, training, flight experiences, military contract work, advertising and promotional work. TMK-8 HARRIER Dual Controlled, Near Certification! GR-3 HARRIER Very Complete. Excellent Source for Spares! Support Equipment, Engines, Manuals, Rotables, and a Travel Support Kit also Included.
Built by Hawker-Siddley, build number 912002, as a Fighter / Reconnaissance / Strike (FRS.1) naval fighter aircraft. The second Sea Harrier built, XZ 439 is the oldest surviving Sea Harrier.
• First flight March 30, 1979
• Delivered to the Royal Navy May 10, 1979
• Used as a test aircraft and the first to takeoff from a Ski Jump at sea, October 30, 1980.
• Converted from a FRS.1 to FRS.2 as a midlife trials aircraft September 19, 1988. Conversion included a new longer and larger nose to accommodate the BLUE VIXEN radar upgrade, lengthening the rear fuselage approximately 18 inches for additional avionics and weapons systems upgrades. The cockpit was modified to incorporate two, multi-function displays.
• First flight as FRS.2 on March 8, 1989
• Received BLUE VIXEN Radar modification May 24, 1990
• First to fire Advanced, Medium Range, Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM), AIM-120
• Designator changed from FRS.2 to FA.2 (Fighter Attack) in May, 1994
• Retired from the Royal Navy on December 11, 2004.
• Sold as surplus and subsequently purchased by Art Nalls, September, 2005
• Shipped to the United States early 2006 for its new home base in Georgetown, Delaware
• Shipped later in 2006 to St. Mary's County, Maryland for maintenance and refit as civilian Harrier, and first flights.
• Granted first US Civilian registration of a Harrier as N94422.
• First flight 2008
Sea Harriers in the Falklands
In 1982, Argentinian forces invaded British-owned islands off the coast of Argentina. Britain responded with force, by sending men, ships and aircraft over 8,000 miles. The force included 28 Harriers, both the ground attack GR-3, and the Royal Navy fighter, the Sea Harrier. In aerial combat, Sea Harriers downed 21 Argentine aircraft, without a single air-to-air loss of their own. The Argentines nicknamed the Sea Harrier, “Morta Negro,” meaning “black death.”
The Argentines relinquished any claim to the islands and they remain under UK control.
The Aircraft operates under an FAA FSDO approved Master Maintenance program. The aircraft has an extensive set of manuals (both print and digital), military logs, mod sheets and component records.