HaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2169 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5687 times:
On the first one definitely an American McDonnell Douglas AV-8B, the second one I think so too but not as sure. I stopped the frames but the second one is just too dark and mixed in with the background but I see nothing that makes me think British Harrier.
Avsfan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 250 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5647 times:
If the first one was a USMC AV-8 Harrier, then I would say that the second one was also. With the US Military performing combat ops, if you see one aircraft, then there is sure to be a second, third or fourth one close by. US Military aircraft tend to travel in pairs to packs. If it was a UK Harrier, then I would say the same as with the US Military aircraft. Either way, they knew where those troops were and enjoyed peforming for them.
"Oh I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth...Put out my hand and touched the face of God"
Garysted From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5444 times:
Freezing the image shows the pylon arrangement specific to RAF GR7/9s. They carry a extra AIM-9 dedicated station that the USMC and other overseas AV-8Bs don't. Mind you, they at least have a working cannon....
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13602 posts, RR: 76
Reply 12, posted (9 years 7 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5297 times:
In Afghanistan right?
A RAF Harrier GR.7/9 I think, the extra pylons seem to be there, we know that 4 Sqn RAF are there.
RAF Harrier G.7/9 (a UK version of a US development of a UK aircraft), also have stronger windshields (a legacy of the original requirement for low level in Germany), UK avionics-including an integral ECM system, an incremental upgrade to night attack capability.
Agreed on the need to get some USMC GAU-12's, after all, the need identified in Kosovo for smart weapons beyond LGB's (prior to Brimstone entering service-which it is on RAF Tornados first), led to a buy of AGM-65's, so a precedent here.
Opso1 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 527 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4413 times:
Both films (well all 3 films so far) are British GR7/ 7As in Adghanistan. If you think that it is low from the ground, you should see it from the air! Sometimes you have to climb to miss someones head if they are standing on top of a truck filming you come in at them... It is flown as training to give the guys and girls on the ground an insight into what a "show of force" flypast is like for the enemy- it certainly gets their heads down and stops them shooting... they then know what will come next if they fire again...
If you pause the first video at 5 seconds, you will see that the aircraft is about 20 feet above the guys- at 480 knots, the shockwave and noise really is "shock and awe". Job done!!!
PS- I eventually got the low level Sea Harrier photo above accepted on Boxing day... a late present!