BAe AV-8B Harrier II – VMA-231 Ace of Spades, US Marine Corps, King Abdul Aziz AB, Saudi Arabia, Op Desert Storm 1991
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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA2624: BAe AV-8B Harrier II serial CG01 of VMA-231 Ace of Spades, US Marine Corps, King Abdul Aziz AB, Saudi Arabia, Operation Desert Storm, February 1991. Production run of only 600 models.
Length 7.75 inches Wingspan 5 inches
On November 18, 1988 AV-8B 163662 was delivered to the VMA-542 “Tigers” as B-137 and in 1990 transferred to VMA-231 “Ace of Spades”. In 1991 the unit deployed to Saudi Arabia. AV-8B 163662 belonged to the VMA-231 CO Lt Col ‘Rusty’ Jones. By the end of ODS the aircraft had flown 54 combat sorties and returned to MCAS Cherry Point in March 1991. There each aircraft received mission markings and two lines in Arabic “Free Kuwait” on the port side. In 2002 163662 parts were used to create AV-8B Harrier II+ 165586.
BAe AV-8B Harrier II
Designed to meet a NATO specification for a light tactical support fighter that was also capable of Vertical/Short Takeoff and Landing (V/STOL), the Harrier first flew in 1960. This unique aircraft has the distinction of being the only successful V/STOL design out of the many that were put forth during the 1960s. There are four different versions of the Harrier, which uses thrust vectoring to achieve V/STOL: the first generation Hawker Siddeley Harrier, the Naval strike/air defense BAE Sea Harrier, the US AV-8B Harrier II variant and the British BAE Harrier II. The Harrier was produced between 1969 and 2003.