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By Paul on 20-06-16
Experiences and Anedcotes
Volume 1 covers the introductions of the Harrier into service, the development of the type through the GR.3 and 5 versions and of course the Falkland campaign.
It's composed of different pilots (and one ground crew) relating their experiences of training for, flying, fighting and living as Harrier pilots. The books gives about half of the time over to the RAF version and their histories, the remainder covers the Fleet Air Arm, US Marine exchanges, initial development and the crew and senior officer view points.
By it's nature it doesn't have a strong narrative structure, but it does work well and where individuals contributions cross over, (self) editing is highlighted and the reader is aware of where the content exists later in the book.
I'd recommend this to anybody with more than a passing interest in the Harrier, RAF forward operations in Germany during the cold war or anybody who is interested in the development of new aircraft and their entry into service. It's number of contributors and the vast scope of the Harrier's operational life in the RAF ensure that it is a lively and interesting read.
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By kevin on 25-03-18
'RAF' Harrier Boys
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Surprisingly modest and interesting tales of RAF Harrier ops. Not one Royal Navy perspective which is a shame as they did most of the real operations (Belize doesn't count). However despite the usual rather chippy 'How 1 Squadron won the Falklands' tales, most of the book is well worth a listen. By the way GR stands for ground reconnaisance. F? Hmmmmm
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