Tuesday, July 14, 2009
US MARINE HARRIERS LAND ON HMS ILLUSTRIOUS
Here's a short movie showing US Marine Corps Harriers landing on this British aircraft carrier two years ago, when 14 AV8B Harriers joined HMS Illustrious ahead of a joint US-UK-NATO exercise off the eastern seaboard of the US.
It's worth watching, just to see the bunjee-jump landing style - you've never really seen undercarriage action until you see Harriers hitting the deck of a ship! And to think the UK Gov is planning to ditch the Harrier carrier force before replacement F-35s arrive, so the Royal Navy will have no fixed wing aircraft for years. Are they mad? Rearrange these letters for the answer: ESY.