Har­rier Boys Vol­ume Two by Bob Marston www.grub­street.co.uk £20. Hard­back, 224 pages Black & white and colour il­lus­tra­tions

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The Har­rier bows out

This sec­ond vol­ume of Har­rier pi­lot con­tri­bu­tions fo­cuses on the in­tro­duc­tion of the GR5 sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion Har­rier up to its re­tire­ment from UK ser­vice. The sto­ries and anec­dotes range from in­ci­dents such as those re­lat­ing to short field land­ings with en­croach­ing trees – to say noth­ing of soft sur­faces – to the process of cre­at­ing and rolling out the train­ing con­ver­sion process for pi­lots to learn to fly the up­dated air­craft. From the con­tri­bu­tions here, it would seem that there were a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of crashes and ejec­tions, some fa­tal, and per­haps more than those at­trib­uted to other ser­vice aero­planes, al­though it is dif­fi­cult to judge ac­cu­rately from this small se­lec­tion. The lighter side is il­lus­trated by events such as the (suc­cess­ful) height record and pi­lots’ ex­pe­ri­ences on over­seas tours and train­ing. The Har­rier was loved by many for its bow at the end of its air­show dis­plays and widely known for its op­er­a­tions in the Falk­lands War. It is sadly missed both by its for­mer pi­lots and the gen­eral pub­lic. JA

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