Christmas is coming and it can be hard to find the right gift. But if you fancy treating someone to a special gift, what about a working and restored 1976 Hawker Harrier Jump Jet?
It might sound like a joke gift from one of those men’s gadget sites, but it’s real, and is definitely up for sale. 1976 Hawker Harrier GR3 serial number XZ130 is up for sale via Yorkshire based Jet Art Aviation. They specialise in restoring ex-military aircraft for museum and display use, and spent 2,000 months on the Harrier over a period of 18 months.
The plane first flew in 1976, and served with 4 Sqn in Germany, 1 Sqn, 3 Sqn, 233 OCU, and 1453 Flight in the Falklands in 1982. After then becoming an instructional aircraft at RAF Cosford, it last flew on the 31st of August, 1990. Then it was used as an instructional aircraft for RAF technical training, and spend a decade outside the London Air Cadet Squadron.
Apparently after sourcing parts and restoring the engine, it ran perfectly when it was started for the first time in 25 years. The Rolls Royce Pegasus engine was taken up to 35% thrust and the nozzles which allow the Harrier to hover were also checked.
Once the mechanical side was completed, the Hawker Harrier Jump Jet then got a full cosmetic overhaul. That includes the 4 Sqn speciali yellow lighting flash, red and black fin, and the choice of ex USAF exchange pilot Capt L Y Ching to appear on the side of the cockpit.
There’s no word on exactly how much a Hawker Harrier stocking filler might set you back, but apparently Jet Art Aviation are open to offers.
If you’d prefer, they also seem to have a range of Tornado aircraft for sale as well. Or they can supply ejection seats, props and surplus parts for collectors. It’s probably best to check out their eBay shop for their range which goes from under £10 up to tens of thousands if you fancy owning a Rolls Royce or Bristol Siddeley jet engine.