Harrier Low-Level Training (w/VIDEO!)

Harrier Low Level

The AV-8B Harrier was a pioneering aircraft for its time. Introduced in 1981, the Harrier was the first Vertical/Short Take-Off and Landing (V/STOL) jet aircraft in military service and will continue to be until it is replaced by the F-35B in the mid-2020s.

The Harrier specializes in low-level and ground attack missions, and that low altitude capability is demonstrated by this Spanish AV-8B on a low-level training sortie over some beautiful scenery.

The first minute or so include some of the preflight switch-setting and checks. At the 1-minute mark, the Harrier performs a take-off from the ski-jump ramp of the Spanish aircraft carrier Juan Carlos I.

From 2:00 to 8:00, the video features some great low-level scenery and flying! Some highlights include flying through a wind farm (3:10), some maneuvering with another Harrier (4:35), and some very low-level and very high-speed turns (7:30). At about 8 minutes, the Harrier is returning to the carrier, and you can see the reflection of his wingman in his visor. At 9 minutes you can see the carrier, and the Harrier performs an impressive verticle landing!