Harrier 809 Britain’s Legendary Jump Jet and the Untold Story of the Falklands War - Rowland White
From the mind of the engineering genius who designed the iconic Hurricane, Typhoon and Tempest planes, the Harrier jump jet was to be a crucial element of the RAF's fleet for over four decades. Its revolutionary design and vertical take-off abilities made it the most versatile of workhorses.
Twenty years after it first entered service, the Harrier was called into action once more - this time above the rugged hills of the Falkland Islands and the cold seas of the South Atlantic. In the scramble to defend Britain's sovereign territory, a squadron was hastily assembled and told to prepare for war. That was to be 809 Naval Air Squadron whose deeds in the southern hemisphere would become legendary.
In Harrier 809, with characteristic insider knowledge and in thrilling detail, Rowland White tells the life story of this extraordinary aircraft through those amazing exploits in the Falklands War - the dogfights, the twenty-three kills, the deadly Exocet attacks, the ejections - and demonstrates why the Harrier is mentioned in the same breath as the Spitfire, the Lancaster and the Vulcan and is destined to join them in the ranks of our most celebrated aeronautical achievements.