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Airfix A18003 - 1:24 Scale Harrier GR3


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The Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.3 and AV-8A are among the first generation of Harriers. Superseding the GR.1 into service, the GR.3 is considered to be the peak of design. Serving first with number 1 Squadron RAF, the GR.3 quickly proved itself to be a capable ground attack machine.

Due to the Harriers' ability to land and take off vertically, it was operable from rough fields and forward operating bases within Germany, thus providing NATO with an effective and massively tactical weapon to counter the threat of a Warsaw Pact assult on Western Europe in the 1980s.

It was in the South Atlantic that the GR.3 was to see its combat debut, operating from the Royal Navy carrier Hermes, the GR.3s saw extensive use in the ground attack role, attacking the airfield at Port Stanley throughout the campaign. This would be the only time the RAF's GR.3 saw combat, being replaced by the more highly developed GR.5 Harrier II variant.

  • Speed: 737mph
  • Armament: 2 X 30mm Aden Cannons plus 5,500lb of stores
  • Span: 7.69m
  • Length: 13.86m