13.Harrier GR-3 A vast majority of the aircraft mentioned so far have been fighter jets. In all honesty that’s because more often than not, fighter jets are cooler than…
A vast majority of the aircraft mentioned so far have been fighter jets. In all honesty that’s because more often than not, fighter jets are cooler than other planes. As true as that may be, very few planes come close to matching the uniqueness of the GR3.
See, your average jet needs a runway of at least several hundred feet to successfully become airborne; this is where helicopters reign supreme over airplanes. Nevertheless, the GR3 is different because it has the take off capabilities of a helicopter yet the range and maneuverability of an airplane. Despite its mean looks, the GR3 is better suited for reconnaissance and close-support than air-to-air combat.
As you can likely tell, this jet is highly sought after. In fact in a recent auction, a Harrier sold for one quarter of a million dollars despite not working.
The Harrier entered service in 1985, and it looks likely to stick around for some time to come, even as the Marine Corps introduces its newest vertical-or-short-takeoff-and-landing aircraft, the F-35B.