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British Aerospace Sea Harrier FA2 (XZ499)

Built as an FRS1 by HSA at Kingston to contract KA9A/64 with c/n - 912023

12/06/1981 - F/F - pilot - T. Scott
16/07/1981 - d/d at 3.19hrs to 899NAS SHSU
22/07/1981 to 801NAS and coded 002
09/81 - recoded 000/N
29/03/1982 - to 899SU
15/04/1982 - to 809NAS
21/22/04/1982 - resprayed in the medium grey scheme
01/05/1982 - flown to Banjul, Gambia by Lt/Cdr Craig in 6.05hrs 
02/05/1982 - to Ascension Island again by Lt/Cdr Craig in 3.00hrs
06/05/1982 - flown to Atlantic Conveyor by Lt/Cdr Slade
18/05/1982 - flown to HMS Hermes by Flt/Lt Leeming and issued to 800NAS and coded 99.
21/05/1982 - flown by Lt Hale fired a AIM9L at a Dagger but the missile exploded before impact.
08/06/1982 - flown by Lt/Cdr Smith near Choiseul Sound shot down A4B C-204 of Grupo 5 with a AIM9L, the Skyhawk crashed at Rain Cove on the north shore of Lafonia, the pilot, Primer Teniente Bolzan was killed
19/05/1982 to 14/06/1982 - 38 sorties flown, 2 AIM9L's fired, 1 confirmed kill
03/07/1982 - sailed on HMS Hermes from Port William for the UK
19/07/1982 - disembarked to VL and to 809NAS
26/07/1982 - coded 255
02/08/1982 - embarked with the Sqdn on HMS Illustrious and sailed to the South Atlantic to relieve HMS Invincible
21/10/1982 - sailed from the FIPZ for the UK via the USA
06/12/1982 - flown off to VL and to 801NAS coded 002
09/05/1984 - to Dunsfold for respray
12/06/1984 - returned to 801NAS
24/04/1985 - to St Athan
29/10/1985 - to 800NAS as 126
10/1986 - off the south coast of Australia, suffered a T/O accident and lost outrigger leg in ramp netting, recovered safely to deck, flown by Lt Miskin, replacement wing flown out by Heavylift Belfast
23/03/1987 - to St Athan for Phase One update
11/09/1987 - to 899NAS and coded 715
12/03/1990 - to St Athan
20/08/1990 - to 801NAS coded 001
11/10/1990 - loaned to 800NAS
15/11/1990 - returned to 801NAS still coded 001
(11)14/12/1992 - to St Athan marked as 003/R
26/04/1993 - to AMG VL
30/04/1993 - to 800NAS but prepared for 801NAS as 003 which was not taken up, became 123
28/01/1994 - to AMG
01/02/1994 - to 801NAS coded 006
28/02/1994 - to 800NAS as 123
07/1994 - loaned to 801NAS for a short period
?/?/? - to St Athan
09/1997 - noted on F/A2 conversion at Dunsfold as P32
?/?/? -  to St Athan
07/11/2000 - flown from St Athan to Yeovilton
11/12/2000 - noted as 003/L with 801NAS
20/06/2002 - WFU with 801NAS coded 003 and taken to AMG
Fitted with vertical fin from ZA195
13/11/2002 - to Cobham Hall store

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Role - Single-seat carrier-borne interceptor fighter, strike and reconnaissance aircraft

Manufacturers - British Aerospace (Military Aircraft) Ltd, Kingston-upon-Thames, Dunsford and Brough

Power Plant - One 21,500lb static thrust Rolls-Royce Pegasus 104 (later 106) vectored-thrust turbofan

Wingspan - 26ft 7.5ins

Length - 48ft 9ins

Height - 12ft 2ins

Weight - Not released

Max Speed - Not released

Range - Not released

Armament - For Fighter Role can carry (a) Four Hughes AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles (without cannon) or (b) Two AIM-120 inboard and four AIM-9 outboard or (c) Two AIM-120 plus two 30mm Aden cannon.  For Striker Role can carry (a) two Sea Eagle anti-ship missiles or (b) four ALARM anti-radar missiles plus bombs, mines or depth charges.  Capacity for WE 177 nuclear bombs. 


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