U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B "Harrier II" jump jet, the unique
fighter aircraft that features vertical takeoff ability, will return to
Oshkosh to appear at EAA AirVenture 2008, making demonstration flights
during the EAA's 56th annual fly-in, scheduled for July 28-August 3 at
Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
The Harrier is scheduled to appear at EAA
AirVenture and fly its popular demonstrations during the afternoon air
shows on Monday through Wednesday, July 28-30.
The AV-8B Harrier II is designed for
combat air support, as well as combat air patrol, missions against
ground defenses and armed escort. The single-seat fighter is 46 feet
long with a wingspan of just over 30 feet. It can reach transonic speeds
and has radar systems similar to those found in F/A-18 fighter jets.
The Marines first deployed the Harrier II
in 1985, with the upgraded AV-8BII Plus model introduced in 1993. The
aircraft is the latest descendant of the original British Harrier jump
jet that first appeared in the early 1960s.