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    Farewell Ark Royal...

    This is a discussion on Farewell Ark Royal... within the Everyday Life forums, part of the Community channel category; Thing is scoobs had they kept her they flogged the jets off that flew from her, its ok people saying ...

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      Re: Farewell Ark Royal...

      Thing is scoobs had they kept her they flogged the jets off that flew from her, its ok people saying it was all old stuff but the Americans soon snapped all the harriers up.
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      Re: Farewell Ark Royal...

      Too right. The yanks failed to design and build a successful vertical takeoff aircraft.

      The harriers proved to be so successful in the Falklands that no one ever took the mickey out of them after. Previously it had always been 'Supersonic this' and 'Supersonic that'.

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      Re: Farewell Ark Royal...

      Even the Harriers forerunner the Buccaneer was a formidable aircraft and while officially classed as subsonic could break the sound barrier. Indeed it could outperform any aircraft when travelling at mach1 as its airframe was built to absorb sonic shock and although not a fighter aircraft could out manoeuvre any other aircraft at transonic speed in the same way that the Harrier was extremely manoeuvrable at what would be stall speed for any other aircraft. It was active in the Gulf war and would have made a massive contribution in the Falklands if only it had had somewhere to take off and land.

     

     
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